MLF asks government to phase-in ban on integrated poultry, fish farming slowly

The Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF) has asked the government to move slowly on implementing a ban on integrated poultry and fish farming to allow farmers to make a smooth transition. The federation has also asked the government to explore more external markets.
The requests were made at the 31st regular meeting of entrepreneurs with the Private Sector Development Committee, led by Vice President U Myint Swe, which was held on Sunday at the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
“If the government bans integrated poultry and fish farming with immediate effect, it could hurt the livelihood of more than 37,980 people depending on this industry and investors. Moreover, it can pose land problems for poultry farming and reduce the number of poultry raised,” said Dr Kyaw Htin, vice president of the MLF.
“Having said that, we have requested the government to conduct a systematic analysis of integrated poultry and fish farming,” he said.
According to the MLF, at present, there are 1.35 million broilers being raised for meat, about 1.465 million semi-broilers, and more than 2.9 million layers for egg at integrated poultry and fish farms. “The industry has been producing meat and eggs at a reasonable price to fulfill the needs of the consumers. It also helps support the country’s meat sector,” it stated.
Currently, there are 211 livestock entrepreneurs employing 6,330 laborers in the integrated farming industry. It is estimated that about 37,980 people are relying on this industry, according to the MLF.
The Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) had asked the government to issue a directive to restrict integrated poultry and fish farming at the 30th regular meeting of Vice President U Myint Swe with private entrepreneurs.
According to MFF officials, about 80 per cent of such mixed farming is being conducted with the help of foreigners. This kind of integrated poultry and fish farming is not in line with Good Aquaculture Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), and it can harm the export of farm-raised fish, they said.
“Moreover, fish bred on integrated farms pose food safety risks and are not suitable for consumption. Furthermore, such practices can harm the country’s National Aquaculture Development Plan to build a sustainable aquaculture sector in Myanmar,” they added. —GNLM (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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