Potential increasing income from freshwater shrimp breeding in Maungtaw

By Myint Maung Soe, Aung Kyaw Oo

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Shrimp breeding farms, like the one in this picture, contributes to the marine shrimp exports from Maungtaw to other neighbouring countary.  Photo: Thekka

Maungtaw District in Rakhine State is gaining economic success with its marine shrimp breeding, exporting most of its marine shrimps to the neighbouring country, according to an official of the district fishery department.
U Tun Tin, deputy director of Maungtaw district fishery department said, “In Maungtaw district, there is not yet freshwater shrimp breeding, apart from marine shrimp breeding, until now. Marine shrimp breeding here is the kind of breeding where young shrimps carried by tides are kept into the shrimp ponds along the coast. Any feeding is not needed for them, apart from changing water in the pond. One acre of the shrimp pond produces nearly 30 viss of shrimp. In Maungtaw, there are over 15300 acres of such ponds. Shrimp is the major export of the region.”
Currently, inshore fishing industry was closed for security after 2016 October armed attack and only shrimp breeding is being operated. It has been learnt that Maungtaw  is the best region for breeding freshwater shrimps, potentially producing fish a lot from the area and it is likely to become a fish export market provided that small-scale fishing ponds can be created.
Pre-Monsoon some kinds of fish were sent from Yangon to Sittway by refrigerated trucks, thence southern Maungtaw by ferry, Maungtaw border trade zone and Bangladesh. U Tun Tin added that it would be beneficial for the area if freshwater fish breeding ponds can be created.

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