Rakhine State govt emphasizes freshwater fish farming for exporting products to Bangladesh market

The Rakhine State government is working with the state Fisheries Department to develop the regional marine sector. The state also achieves a proper freshwater export market in Bangladesh and the government provide techniques and capital for the freshwater fish farming sector.
Rakhine State Economic Affairs Minister U San Shwe Maung met with local livestock farming business persons on 15 June and discussed plans to support techniques for freshwater fish, prawn and soft-shell crab businesses and to organize fishery associations to grant loans.
The two border camps of Rakhine State export Rohu, Snapper, Black Pomfret, Ilish, Lobster, various dried fish, saltwater fish/prawn, mud crab, soft-shell crab and clams.
“We arrange to adapt Mangrove Friendly Farming System for crab/prawn farming. We estimate implementing a two-year project for 1,000 acres. There are about 500 freshwater fish farming lakes in Rakhine State and a freshwater fish farming market in Bangladesh, so we mainly focus on the freshwater fish farming sector. A new fish hatchery is constructed in Minbya township using the state budget. We will start the hatching operation in the coming season. We also arrange to develop a farming zone on 1,000 acres of land near the hatchery,” said U Thet Oo, Director of the Rakhine State Fisheries Department.
The Maungtaw and Sittway border camps of Rakhine State earned $13.387 million by exporting 1,136.97 tonnes of marine products in the 2021-2022 mini-budget period and $13.378 million by exporting 2,711.80 tonnes of products until 11 June of the 2022-2023FY. — Nyein Thu

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