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 March 07 2007
FFTC Director Sing-Hwa Hu provides suggestions to hatchery farm owners in Myanmar.

FFTC Director Sing-Hwa Hu provides suggestions to hatchery farm owners in Myanmar.

YANGON, MYANMAR - Upon the invitation of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation, FFTC Director Sing-Hwa Hu visited Myanmar on February 25-28, 2007 to share his expertise with researchers and fish farmers alike, in the hope of contributing to the sustainable growth and development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the country. The said visit enabled Taiwanese fisheries experts to observe Myanmar’s rich fishery and aquatic resources, and witness the great potential of the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sector in terms of generating export earnings and providing improved livelihood, especially to small-scale fish farmers.

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Dialogue with fish farmers at the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.

Primarily, the visit opened new avenues for possible collaborative projects and programs between FFTC/Taiwan and Myanmar on fisheries and aquaculture, as well as the sharing and exchange of technical support and expertise to further boost the development of the fisheries sector in the country. During the said visit, FFTC Director Hu, a fisheries expert and former Director General of the Fisheries Agency of Taiwan, was named honorary adviser of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.

The fishery sector is the fourth most important source of export earnings in Myanmar. The country earned US$359 million from export of 271,000 metric tons of fish and fishery products in 2005-2006. The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries expects to earn US$400 million in export in fiscal year 2006-2007. In order to achieve this targeted goal, an increase in export of high-priced commodities, as well as processing of high quality products to meet international standards and exploring new market channels are necessary.