Export of cattle granted to benefit local breeders in Magway region

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A veterinary physician is injecting medicine into a cow. Photo : Zayyatu (Magway)

Legal export of the five years and above old oxen and buffalos are granted for the benefit of the local breeders in Magway region, according to the Regional Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department. At present, four companies are exporting cattle at a market price between K500,000 and K2 million, the Department stated.
Myanmar has been exporting the cattle on a one-year trial basis and during this trial period the country has earned over US$500 million in terms of tax. A Chinese company based in Europe sent the offering letter to the Union Minister for Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to buy between 1 million and 5 million oxen annually, said Dr Maung Maung Soe Oo, the regional head of the Department.
“We have market demand, so it is more beneficial for the local livestock farmers. The livestock has high potential market recently. If the local breeders can focus on breeding, their livelihood will develop,” he added. The exported cattle will have health checked, the vaccine injected and the number of cattle recorded by the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department. Then, the department will submit this matter to the head office of the department. After that, the Ministry of Commerce will issue a three-month carry permit. “The local breeders are also having hard times because of climate change. They could not stand only by farming. So, they are doing the livestock breeding businesses,” said a local farmer from Minbu township. Regarding paying of tax deposit, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department has to submit this matter to the Magway regional government’s EC meeting. The department has to pay in a deposit in the bank after they get permission. It will take seven days for the department to send the cattle to disease control areas in Kutkai town. —Zayyatu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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