Farmers to boost saltwater prawn production in Maungtaw

img 72By Zin Oo (Myanma Alinn)
THE Maungtaw District Fishery Department has summited a proposal for a development project to boost saltwater shrimp and prawn production in Maungtaw Township to the state government, said U Naing Win Thein, assistant director of Maungtaw District Fishery Department.
The new project includes upgrading of the existing Alethankyaw saltwater prawn hatcheries and construction of two new hatcheries near Kyaukpanu and Indin villages plus two other demonstration ponds in the township.
Maungtaw Township in Rakhine State is located in westernmost Myanmar with a long coastline along the Bay of Bengal. Residents mainly rely on fishing and farming.
The township annually exports aquaculture products worth US$7.5 million to neighbouring countries.
Bangladesh buys most of the aquaculture prawn and marine shrimp from Maungtaw and regions nearby. Myanmar normally exports mud crabs, saltwater fish, shrimp and prawns as well as various kinds of dried fish to its neighbour.
There are about 2,600 local farmers who mainly produce saltwater prawn in the township. They cultivate shrimp and prawns on over 15,300 acres of farmland, manufacturing more than 1,000 tonnes of saltwater prawns annually by using trap-and-hold farming practices.
The local breeders need more hatcheries to produce 150 million larvae of marine shrimp and prawn.
Aquaculture ponds have frequently been damaged by flooding caused by melting ice that increases the water level of the sea. The township also requires a thick bund to prevent strong tides during storms.

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