Fish research centre to open
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