Myanmar exports 51 tonnes of silage corn to China


Myanmar has exported 51 tonnes of silage corn to China, according to the Chinese Embassy in Yangon on 18 February.
The silage corns are legally permitted to export to China through the Chinshwehaw border checkpoint between Myanmar and China for the first time.
The silage corn, exported to China, are cut and stored, without being dried first, to feed cattle.
On 15 November, six Myanmar businessmen have completely registered to export silage corn to China in the Chinese’s General Administration of Customs China (GACC).
Besides, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (Myanmar) and The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China signed together with an SPS protocol agreement on 31 January to legally export Myanmar maize to China.
Regarding the agreement, Myanmar maize can be legally exported to China through maritime route and border route. It will boost legitimate agricultural trade between the two countries and bring benefits to local maize farmers.
SPS protocol is essential for the legal export of Myanmar’s agricultural products to China, the main trading partner.
Myanmar targeted to export around 2 million tonnes of corn in the 2021-22 financial year, said U Min Khaing, Chairman of the Myanmar Corn Industrial Association (MCIA).
Currently, Myanmar corns are exported to Thailand through the Myawady border, while the country is conveying corns to the Philippines, India, Viet Nam, Laos and Singapore through the sea route.
In addition, corn prices are on the rise this year compared to the previous year.
This year, the corn seeds fetched a good price of US$840-860 per tonne while the FOB corn was priced at $270-290 per tonne.
Last 2020-2021FY, Myanmar exported around 2.3 million tonnes of corn to external counties, according to the association.
Of 2.3 million tonnes, Thailand is the largest importing country of Myanmar corn, whereas the remaining corn was conveyed to China, India and Viet Nam.
Myanmar is the second-largest exporter of corn among regional countries. At present, corn is cultivated in Shan, Kachin, Kayah and Kayin states and Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions. Myanmar has three corn seasons – cold season, summer and monsoon.
The country yearly produces 2.5-3 million tonnes of corn. — NN/GNLM

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