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September 20, 2019

Goat export market down in Mandalay as demand from China declines

Shepherds drive a horde of goats in a village in Mandalay Region.   Photo: Aung Phyo Kyaw
Shepherds drive a horde of goats in a village in Mandalay Region.  
Photo: Aung Phyo Kyaw

The price of goats is on a downward trend as demand from China has fallen, according to goat farmers in Mandalay.
“The price of goats has decreased from K3,600 for one pound last year to K2,000 this year,” said U Tin Shein, a goat farmer in Mandalay.
Local exporters place the blame for lower prices on having solely relied on the Chinese market for goat exports.
Before exporting goats to China, local traders also exported goats to Thailand.
They shifted the export market to China when the demand from Thailand decreased.
“With restrictions on our goats, the demand from China has fallen.
We are facing this situation because we depended only on the Chinese market,” said U Maung Hla, a goat farmer from Mandalay.
About 5,000 goats are now stranded at the Muse Market waiting to be exported to China.—Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Lin)

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