Myanmar hatchery and research centre to enhance farming efforts

Quentin Dodd
June 07, 2018
By Quentin Dodd
Construction of a freshwater fish farming research centre – a first for Mynamar – is nearing completion.

The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), which constructed the centre, signed an agreement with the Myanmar Department of Fisheries in 2015 to build the nation’s first freshwater fish breeding research centre. Thayet Gone was selected as a suitable site and construction began in August 2016. The projected cost was $4.4 million (USD).         

The centre will focus on freshwater fish breeding. Apparently, at present, Myanmar fish breeders and growers are still breeding fish by placing eggs into a lake. The centre will also carry out research to find a fish-farming system compatible with Myanmar’s unique environment.

Currently, the lake used for breeding and farming fish in the Mandalay area extends to almost 7,000 acres, with more than 270 associated ponds. The lack of technology means that the number of fish produced is far short of demand from the local population so fish is imported. The new centre and hatchery should go a long way towards helping farmers address this deficit.

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