Fish re­search cen­tre to open

The Myanmar Times - - News - KYAW KO KO kyawkoko@mm­times.com

THE coun­try’s first re­search cen­tre for fresh­wa­ter fish breed­ing is slated to open in 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Fish­eries.

The Thayet Gone Cen­tre, as it will be named, is be­ing built in Pathe­ingyi township in Man­dalay Re­gion with aid from the South Korean gov­ern­ment.

“A re­search cen­tre of this tech­no­log­i­cal cal­i­bre does not ex­ist in Myan­mar,” said U Aung Naing Oo, deputy di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Fish­eries un­der the Min­istry of Live­stock, Fish­eries and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

“This is the first one. It will in­clude tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced re­search ma­te­ri­als and fish birthing houses.”

In 2014, the Korea In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency, an or­gan­i­sa­tion within the South Korean gov­ern­ment, agreed to con­trib­ute US$4.4 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of the cen­tre. In 2015, South Korean ex­perts chose Man­dalay Re­gion be­cause it has both good land and wa­ter re­sources. In August, con­struc­tion be­gan on the project. Cur­rently, the site land is be­ing made level.

“The fresh­wa­ter fish busi­ness is de­vel­op­ing in both up­per and lower Myan­mar,” U Aung Naing Oo said. “They chose Man­dalay be­cause it is con­ve­nient for fresh­wa­ter and ac­cess to elec­tric­ity. When the cen­tre is com­plete, we can pro­duce high-quality fish.”

Uni­ver­si­ties will par­tic­i­pate in the re­search, and learned tech­niques will be shared with fish farm­ers, he said.

– Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han

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