Strong demand by feedstuff factories elevates corn price

Corn prices are bouncing back in the domestic markets on the back of the demand by feedstuff factories. The prices increased to K1,110-K1,130 per viss on 19 December from K1,050-K1,070 per viss on 1 December.
Myanmar exports corn to China and Thailand through the border. Also, it delivers it to China, India, Viet Nam, and the Philippines by sea at the present time, according to the Myanmar Corn Industrial Association.
Thailand nodded corn imports under zero tariff (with Form-D), between 1 February and 31 August. However, Thailand imposes a maximum tax rate of 73 per cent on corn imports to protect the rights of their growers if the corn is imported during the corn season of Thailand.
China has been purchasing Myanmar’s corn through cross-border trade under the opium substitution programme. Legitimate corn trade between Myanmar and China commenced at the end of 2022. A total of 112 Myanmar companies have been permitted for corn exports.
Myanmar shipped 903,699 tonnes of corn worldwide as of 1 December in the current financial year 2023-2024 beginning 1 April, bagging US$271.321 million, the Ministry of Commerce’s statistics indicated.
Myanmar exported more than two million tonnes of corn to foreign trade in the 2022 corn season. The majority of them were sent to Thailand, and the remaining went to China, India, the Philippines and Viet Nam.
The corn is cultivated in Shan, Kachin, Kayah and Kayin states and Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions. Myanmar has three corn seasons — winter, summer and monsoon. The country produces 2.5-3 million tonnes of corn every year. — NN/EM

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