Value-added agri­cul­tural, live­stock prod­ucts urged

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - NYEIN ZAW LIN

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.

Photo: Zarni Phyo

A farmer ploughs a field with a trac­tor in Twante town­ship, Yangon, in 2017.

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