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Myanmar’s traditionally domestic industries seen with development in rural area till today

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Rural young women making thread of cotton wool for production of textile as traditional works.

Traditionally domestic industries scattered across the nation in the reign of Myanmar kings. Traditional looms were seen at all the houses. People from all villages were engaged in operations to produce baskets, mats, pots, blacksmith and goldsmith industries for their livelihoods.
Although traditional productions were gradually substituted with machinery in major cities, the traditional productions are still flourishing in rural area.
Some traditional businesses namely lacquerware, jaggery, salt, brawn slab sugar, fish-paste, dried fish, fish sauce and weaving were extended to boom the economy. But, some of businesses faded out in the time of British colonial era.
In the post-independence era, the government and the people joined hands in development of domestic science in Myanmar.
Myanmar relies on the agricultural sector implemented by the farmers residing in rural areas, accounting for 75 percent of the total population of the country. Only when domestic industries flourish, will they uplift their living standard.
These industries do not need the larger amount of capital similar to that of heavy factories and workshops. They can operate themselves by spending the moderate amount of capital.
As such, these industries are suitable for the people during the financial crisis period.
At present, rural people are engaging in breeding of buffalos, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, ducks and fish in addition to production of brick, pot, charcoal, lime, salt, umbrella, slipper, leather, rattan, kitchen utensils, soap, coffee powder, groundnut oil, sesame oil and palm oil.
Some of productions are manufactured with the use of machinery. However, traditional weaving, production of baskets made of bamboo, mats and pottery industries are being operated as Myanmar’s traditional works.—Zeyar Htet (Minbu)/GNLM

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