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May 25, 2020

Labutta crab industry still confined to domestic markets

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CRAB exports to China from Ayeyawady Region’s Labutta Township are still suspended, reportedly being sold only within local markets.
It is reported that crab exports to China have been put on hold since as far back as the end of 2015.
“Despite the rain season being the peak season for crab catching, we don’t have the capacity to store such a volume of crabs and have to sell them within domestic markets,” said U Myo Hlaing, a crab wholesaler from Labutta Township.
The worsening situation for crab traders was exacerbated further in March of this year after a blaze ripped through some of the townships crab wholesalers.
“Crabs are plentiful during the raining season but there’s only a local market to cater to. We mostly deliver crabs to hotels and seafood restaurants,” said Ma Aye Win, owner of A.W Crab Wholesalers. An average crab wholesaler from Labutta Township sells around 10 baskets of a mixture of 18 and 25 kilogram baskets of crabs a day. These crabs are then transported to Yangon and further afield through the commercial capital to Naypyidaw, Bago and Mandalay, it is reported.
A basket of female crabs weighing over four viss (6.4 kilograms) currently fetches over K100,000 while a kilogram of other crabs species can go for between K2,000-9,000. Crab fisheries exist within Rakhine and Mon States, together with Tanintharyi and Ayeyawady Regions, while six companies are in control of production of crabs within Yangon Region and the Myeik Archipelago of Taninthayi Region.


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