Research increases for boosting marine industry of Taninthayi Region

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Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Gyi emphasizes research process to boost marine industry on 7 June.

Coordinating meeting on the progress of research works that are carried out in accordance with the Fishery Research Fund Accord between the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and the aquatic business entrepreneurs in Taninthayi Region took place in Myeik Township on 7 June.
Deputy Minister Dr Aung Gyi, Taninthayi Region Economic Affairs Minister U Maung Gyi, deputy directors-general, members of the supervisory committee on research work, the professor of Marine Science Department at Myeik University, and personnel from Taninthayi Region Fisheries Federation attended the meeting.
The deputy minister mentioned that Myanmar ranks third globally in terms of mangrove coverage among 123 countries. Myeik District alone boasts over 300,000 acres of mangroves, making it the area with the highest mangrove concentration in Myanmar. Furthermore, the Taninthayi Region contributes 30 per cent of Myanmar’s aquatic product exports. He emphasized that increased research efforts are necessary to further enhance, expand, and sustain the development of the aquaculture industry.
The deputy minister clarified the success of the saltwater prawn farming business. Additionally, clam farming has shown improvement, with 5,000 acres dedicated to clam farming in the past two years. Therefore, it is essential to effectively conduct research for the farming of clams, oysters, rockfish, and lates calcarifer. Furthermore, he urged all stakeholders to collaborate for the development of the fishery industry, both in small-scale and commercial farming of clams, oysters, rockfish, and lates Calcarifer, as well as for the Development of human resources within the industry.
Taninthayi Region Economic Affairs Minister U Maung Gyi also emphasized the need to regulate commercial fishing and promote fish farming to prevent the long-term depletion of fish resources. Additionally, he stressed the importance of conducting research to achieve positive outcomes for the development of the marine industry.
The remaining attendees discussed the following topics: upgrading Kalwin camp, conducting research on preserving the genetics of marine life and natural resources in the farming research camp (Kyunsu), livestock and farming, research on preserving and producing high-quality species, incubating, producing, and farming snail/oyster species, preserving regionally sacred fish species, promoting the quality of aquatic products to meet high demand in the market, and expanding market research. — MNA/TMT

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