Ginger to be cultivated in Rakhine State

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Rakhine government and UMFCCI members held a meeting to cultivate ginger in Rakhine State. Photo: MNA

The local government is planning to cultivate ginger in Rakhine State as a pilot project with the cooperation of local entrepreneurs, according to the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
To be able to cultivate ginger in Rakhine State, the UMFCCI and Rakhine State Chambers of Commerce and Industry (RSCCI) will provide 1,000 viss of ginger seeds while the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFVP) will provide technical assistance. The groups are planning to cultivable several acres of ginger in four townships — Kyaukpyu, Ponnagyun, Buthidaung and Maungtaw — as a pilot project in Rakhine State with the investment of the Public Development Committee in Kyauktaw Township and the Cooperative Society in Rakhine State. If the project is successful, they will extend the ginger cultivation project across Rakhine State, said U Aung Aung, the secretary of RSCCI. “Myanmar exports the ginger to Bangladesh and earns around US$3 million annually. Currently, ginger is cultivated mainly in the southern part of Shan State. If our cultivation in Rakhine State is successful, we can export the ginger to Bangladesh directly, which can reduce the transport fees”, he added. “Rakhine State has a favourable climate and environment for growing ginger. We have already had a ginger market in America, the Netherlands and Germany. But we could even fulfill demand from Bangladesh,” said U Kyaw Thu, the secretary of MFVP. An acre of ginger costs between Ks1 million to Ks15 million. An acre of ginger produces approximately 8,000 viss.

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