Trade dept upgrades agro export quality with quality certificate

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Workers carry bags of rice at a harbour in Yangon. Photo: GNLM/Phoe Khwar

In a bid to export Myanmar’s agro products, including rice, various types of pulses and corn to China as quality products, the Trade Department will boost their quality by issuing quality certificates.
The commerce ministry is endeavouring to get access to the government-to-government system to strengthen the market. It will also set checkpoints and trade channels to examine the quality of the products.
The related departments will make concerted efforts to maintain the quality of agricultural products, said U Yan Naing Tun, Director-general of the Trade Department.
Some eight per cent of the rice exports go to China. Importing rice and corn from Myanmar is considered illegitimate in China, as the volume often exceeds the import quota set by China. However, these goods fetch a good price. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China is strictly screening exporter groups.
Myanmar’s agriculture industry is dealing with several challenges such as high input costs, difficulty in procuring pedigree seeds, high cultivation costs and erratic weather problems. Myanmar’s agro products earn some US$3 billion per fiscal year, through exports to China, Europe, India, Thailand and other countries.


Zar Lin Thu (AMIA)

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