Yangon gov’t submits proposal to establish fish farming zone

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A worker selects fish at the Nyaungtan Jetty in Yangon.  PHOTO: GNLM/PHOE KHWAR

The Yangon Region government has submitted a proposal to the union government on developing a fish farming zone in Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships in the Yangon Region, said U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Region Chief Minister.
The proposal was made during the 15th meeting between the Vice President and entrepreneurs, which was held on 7 March at the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The fish farming zone will be established on a 10,000-acre plot. “We are discussing a project with the Myanmar Fishery Federation for the fishery sector and supply chain, and for the Yangon Region to become a role model. We have already submitted a proposal for the project to the union government,” he added.
The fish farming zone will include incubate camps, feed factories and cold storage factories.
Myanmar Fisheries Federation General Secretary U Win Kyaing said, “We have already conducted surveys in Kawhmu and Kungyangon townships. We have submitted the proposal to implement the project in those townships, because of their good water quality and transport system. “The fish market will play a part in boosting the country’s gross domestic product. Also, it can enhance the export sector, as well as create job opportunities for the local people,” he added.
The union government has not responded to the proposal yet. “If the union government grants the permission, we have to discuss the details with the land owners, whether we will pay a compensation for the land or allow them to participate as land owners,” he stated. According to 2012 Farmland Law, farmlands cannot be used for other purposes. There are some 480,000 acres of fish and prawn breeding farms across the county, but only 108,000 acres are officially sanctioned by the government.


By May Thet Hnin


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