Shwe Padauk Fish Market in Yangon daily distributes 500,000 visses of seafood


Shwe Padauk Fish Market has become a distribution hub across the country, with estimated 500,000 visses daily sent to other cities across the country.
Shwe Padauk Fish Market was established on 24 April 2014, with a small number of stalls. Kyimyindine Fish Market was bustling then. The number of vendors has been steadily growing in Shwe Padauk Fish Market since 26 April 2020 and it has become the leading wholesale distribution market for seafood.
The market is 8.122 acres wide, having 444 shops and 120 stalls for vendors. The aquatic products are daily delivered to the mountain regions, border areas and upper Myanmar regions.
“Earlier, less than 20,000 visses of seafood were sold per day. The average daily sales volume accumulates about 500,000 visses for now. It brings about financial benefits for the breeders, traders, wholesalers and retailers. Some products are also placed in the external market. The freshwater fishery products primarily came from Ayeyawady Region, whereas Rakhine State and Taninthayi Region are the main suppliers for saltwater fish products. The market has taken fire safety measures and two water tankers are also purchased. If the market is promoted as the modern hub for seafood distribution, it will become the central point both for domestic and export markets. There are over 8,000-10,000 buyers and sellers in the market so the market development committee is coordinating with Yangon City Development Committee for sanitation and the security measures,” said U Kyin Saw, chair of the Shwe Padauk Fish Market committee.
The market requires vacant places for vehicles, warehouses, a better drainage system and improved fresh fish handling methods. Fish processing and seafood packaging technologies are also essential to meet the criteria in the international market.
The market is next to Thiri Mingala Vegetable Market. The traffic congestion happens on Bayintnaung Road in the morning and evening, causing delays in freight flow. The truck drivers, government personnel, company staff and other commuters are facing irresistible rush hours every day. If the modern market emerges, it will help ease the congestion and facilitate the trade flow. — Nyein Thu (MNA)/GNLM

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