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Sustainable ways key for protecting food resource

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food supply chains and food systems are continuing.

Despite increases in the production of food globally, an estimated 2 billion people throughout the world did not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient quantities of food. An estimated 135 million people in 55 countries around the world are facing acute levels of hunger, and the COVID-19 pandemic could nearly double the number of people suffering from serious hunger. Therefore, the Food and Agriculture Organization has announced that there is an urgent need to provide assistance for food, nutrition and securing proper livelihoods for the people.

A recent report on releasing 400,000 sea prawns fingerlings into a river in Kyaukpyu, Rakhine State, by people of the local fish industries is warning us that our country needs to conserve our fish resource to ensure the sustainability of food for the people.

Besides, the water with abundant fish and prawn resource can create job opportunities for local communities and food sustainability.
As part of an effort to prevent declining ocean fish resources, the regional authorities are urged to control sea fishing in the non-fishing season.
We would like to call for a plan to offer freshwater fingerlings, fish breeding methods and other courses to the people in rural areas as soon as possible.

We would like to call for a plan to offer freshwater fingerlings, fish breeding methods and other courses to the people in rural areas as soon as possible.

We hope that freshwater fish breeding will increase significantly within years and will follow the success of fish breeding in other regions.
When it comes to providing assistance for food, nutrition and securing proper livelihoods forthe people, the regional authorities and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation need to take steps to bring aquaculture in Myanmar in line with international standards by allowing farmland to be used for other purposes.

The farmer can exploit this opportunity only by employing Good Aquaculture Practices (GAqP) because producing safety food and fish and prawn export need to ensure GAqP.

GAqP is aimed at not just producing food for export but also ensuring safe and healthy food for local consumption.

To conserve fish resources and ensure food safety, not only fish farms but also those involved in the food production chain are required to follow the rules and regulations.

All stakeholders in the fish and prawn industries are urged to innovate and create sustainable ways of doing business that does not negatively impact the environment.

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