Myanmar’s rice producers suggest metric system adoption

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Workers dry rice on a field in Kangyidauk, Ayeyawady.  
Photo: Phoe Khwar

Myanmar plans to abolish its traditional measurement system in favour of the metric system, the most broadly used international standard, according to a report of yesterday’s edition of Myanma Alin newspaper.
The plan, presented as a way to boost Myanmar exports, was included in a report submitted to the government by the Myanmar Rice Federation.
Currently, Myanmar’s official measurement system is on the English system, despite the use of the metric system by most of Myanmar’s trading partners, with the notable exception of the United States. Even the United Kingdom has, since the 1970s, converted to the metric system.
The rice federation paper argued that the metric system will create greater trade efficiencies and empower contract farmers to better comprehend pricing structures with international buyers without the intervention of middlemen.
In addition to the English system, Burmese and Indian units of measurement such as “basket” and “viss” are commonly used in Myanmar markets.


Zar Lin Thu (AMIA)

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