Thu 31 Jan 2008
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will aid Myanmar’s milch cow farming project under a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) reached recently between the U.N. organization and the Myanmar livestock authorities, official media reported Thursday.
The MoU on the implementation of the project was signed by FAO Resident Representative Tang Zhengping and Director-General of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department U Maung Maung Nyunt in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday, said the New Light of Myanmar daily.
The report did not disclose the location of the project and more details.
Other local sources said the project in Nay Pyi Taw, the biggest of its kind, covers breeding of 20,000 milk cows, 100,000 ducks and one million chickens.
The signing followed the discussions between Tang and Myannmar Minister of Livestock and Breeding and Fisheries Brigadier-General Maung Maung Thein on the development of livestock and fisheries sector in Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Myanmar and Malaysia are also planning to cooperate in the sector of livestock breeding by setting up more prospective cattle breeding zones in Myeik, the country’s southern port city in Tanintharyi division.
Related officials of the two sides have met on animal health and disease control measures, breeding of dairy and beef cattle, sheep and goats, and plan of cooperation in production of feedstuff, formalities for export of sheep and goats to Malaysia, establishment of breeding farms and export of mythum and flesh to the Southeast Asian nation, earlier official report said.
Myanmar has projected to export annually one million of sheep and goat in the next five years offering breeders across the country financial help to encourage them to realize the set target, according to the department which said granting of bank loan for breeding cattle represents one of the measures taken by the ministry for the move.
Cattle are mainly bred in the country’s three divisions and states of Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway, and buyers are expected to mainly come from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Bangladesh.