Myanmar's cattle export programme to China to continue
Myanmar has approved livestock exports of cattle to China in October 2017 and the data collected after one year of trade is satisfying. Magwe Region exports some 25,000 head of cattle a year to China, according to the region and veterinary officials. U Maung Maung Soe Oo, director of Magwe’s Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, said 252 shipments of cattle were sent to China in the 12 months ending in October this year. Statistics also showed that 280 local companies provided support services for the trade, reports Myanmar Times newspaper.
"Based on what we have seen, there is no need to worry about a shortage of cattle in Magwe. There are some 15 million cattle in the country, and the number that has been officially exported is small in comparison," explained U Maung Maung Soe Oo.
Under the Myanmar government’s policies, only castrated bulls are allowed to be exported and each sale of a head of cattle is taxed at 2 percent.
Two areas of Magwe have been designated as cattle-breeding zones as part of the regional government’s efforts to develop the livestock sector and encourage participation in the trade.
So far, the regional government has received K10,000 ($6.25) for every bull exported to China, according to U Win Maw Htay, the region’s minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. The funds are to be used to support local farmers to diversify their products and activities. "The region's agricultural enterprises have suffered damage from drought and floods, so we support farmers who diversify into livestock breeding", explained U Win Maw Htay.
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