Tenders invited to establish fruit & vegetable wholesale market in Yangon

The wholesale markets target development of undeveloped sector and improvement of price predictability and farmers’ incomes.  Photo:  Aye Min Soe
The wholesale markets target development of undeveloped sector and improvement of price predictability and farmers’ incomes.Photo: Aye Min Soe

Yangon, 7 Dec — Yangon Region Government has invited tenders for a project to establish a wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Yangon, which would be the first of its kind.
Yangon City Development Committee recent announced that the Yangon Region Government will implement the project under the public-private partnership arrangement and will allow the tender winner to use 85-acres of YCDC-owned land in Danyingon, Insein Township, to establish a modern wholesale market, in return for investing in the project and contributing technical expertise in running and designing the market.
Besides, the winner will have to form it as a public company, selling shares to farmers, traders and other people, according to the announcement.
The investment for the wholesale market is huge and its establishment is aimed not just at making profits, but also at building bridges among farmers, consumers, local traders and exporters, said an official of YCDC.
In the wholesale market, there will be brokerages, a truck terminal and wholesale area, a fruit and vegetable cleaning facility, a building for selling freshwater and dried fish, another one for selling meat and sea fish, cold storage facilities, retail and wholesale markets for farmers, a fuel refilling station, staff quarters, and public restrooms, according to the announcement.
Local companies are invited to submit their tenders by 3 pm, 1 January, 2015 to YCDC, together with applications for technical and conceptual designs for the project, plans for running the project phase by phase and plans for environmental conservation.
The fruit and vegetable wholesale market in Yangon is a part of plans unveiled by the Union Government in February, 2014 to establish such markets  in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Muse.
As none currently exist  in Myanmar, farmers often face losses from sudden changes in prices due to lack of information and market access, Minister for Cooperatives U Kyaw Hsan said when the government unveiled the plan.—GNLM

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