Value-added agricultural, livestock products urged
MPs say they want to discuss ways to transform the country’s agriculture products into processed goods, saying it’s the only way to protect farmers from market instability.
PARLIAMENT will discuss ways to expand the international market for the country’s processed agricultural and livestock goods.
Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) MP Daw Cho Cho has proposed that parliament find ways for the country to produce value-added farm products that have a better chance of competing on the international market.
She added that selling these goods on the international market would create more jobs, boost export revenue, and reduce the trade deficit.
The legislator said that when Myanmar joins the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) next year, domestic industries will need to come up with value-added products that can compete with the expected influx of imports from other ASEAN countries.
Daw Cho Cho underscored the need for the government to support small- and medium-sized enterprises that could spearhead the move to create more value-added agriculture and livestock products.
She urged all ministries and government agencies to work more closely to streamline the production and flow of goods in the country and entice more investment in livestock and agriculture.
“The government needs to come up with policies to export fish and prawns to Thailand as raw materials for food products,” Daw Cho Cho said. “The government should set up a canning factory to process agricultural and livestock products.”
She said the government can improve farmers’ lives and protect them from market instability through the processing of agricultural and livestock products.
She also said the government should build infrastructure to minimise costs in the supply chain.
A farmer ploughs a field with a tractor in Twante township, Yangon, in 2017.