Saturday, February 23, 2013

Foreign investors queue up to milk Myanmar’s dairy market

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Saturday, 23 February 2013 15:53 Khin Myo Thwe

Thailand, Korea, Netherlands and New Zealand have expressed interest in investing in Myanmar’s dairy sector, according to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.

Photo: United States Department of Agriculture

“Many foreign representatives have come to Myanmar to discuss their plans to invest in the dairy sector. Thailand, Korea, Holland and New Zealand are the main contenders,” Dr. Aung Gyi, the deputy director general of the Ministry, told Mizzima.

Presently, Myanmar has 14 million cows and steers, and some three million buffaloes. “Among the 14 million cattle, about 500,000 are dairy cows,” said Dr. Aung Gyi.

Most of Myanmar’s dairy farms are located in Mandalay and Sagaing Regions.

“In comparison with neighboring countries, the number of dairy farms in Myanmar is very small,” said dairy farmer Myint Hlaing from Kyaukse. “The main reason is that grazing areas are expensive and the demand for milk is low.

“Moreover, Myanmar lacks the technology to produce condensed milk at a low cost,” he said.

According to Dr. Aung Gyi, businesspeople from New Zealand came to Myanmar last week to discuss offering support and technology to help kick-start the dairy sector.
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