G-to-G interaction only way to fix cattle export bottlenecks: LBV Dept

Cattles in the farm in Magway. Photo: Zayartu (Magway)
Cattles in the farm in Magway. Photo: Zayartu (Magway)

Government-to-Government interaction between China and Myanmar is the only way to deal with bottlenecks in cattle exports, according to the Magway Region Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.
Keeping this in mind, the Myanmar government has already granted permission for the setting up of companies, purchase of export products, and transport of cattle, according to the department.
“Our export sector is dependent on the Chinese market. We export our products to China legally. But, when our products arrive in China, they say they are illegal. Therefore, we are now going to export cattle under a Government-to-Government system,” said Dr. Maung Maung Soe Oo, the regional head of the department.
Myanmar exported 48,880 head of cattle last year, when the government granted permission for sale of cattle to other countries. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, more than 300 companies have applied for permits to export 67,275 head of cattle to China. However, the companies have exported only 18,900 head of cattle so far because the Chinese traders have slashed the offering prices.
“Chinese traders are offering just K1 million for a cow that is actually worth K2 million. The companies cannot bring the cattle back and have no choice but to dispose the cattle at a low price,” said Dr. Maung Maung Soe Oo.
“The trading process — from the collection of cattle to obtaining the permission for export — takes more than one month. The authorities allow us to collect only 100 cattle at a time. Cattle feed costs around K200,000 per day. If companies have to spend on cattle feed for three months in a row because of the low return on investment, they will suffer financially. Chinese traders buy cattle depending upon the body weight. They do not like to buy thin cattle. So, it is important to spend sufficient money on feed,” he said.
The authoritiegs have issued cattle export license to more than 300 companies in Magway region. There are around 5,000 companies holding cattle export licenses across the country, he added.
Currently, the number of heads of cattle in Magway region stands at 1,623,670. The region expects to export about 30,000 head of cattle annually.—Zayartu (Magway) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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