Customers, traders warn of difficulties if Yangon poultry market is relocated

Both traders and customers will face difficulties if the chicken and duck market in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township is relocated, according to U Hla Shwe, secretary of the market welfare group, but said they will abide by the decision of the government.

“In my opinion, this market is in its right place and it is convenient to both sellers and buyers,” he said. “(But) we won’t oppose if this market is relocated for any reason.”

He added that traffic jams are everywhere in Yangon city, adding that the heavy traffic in the area is not because of the market but because of a nearby junction, which causes vehicles to pile up.

The market sells poultry both retail and wholesale so it is convenient for those who want to buy a few kilos of meat, he said.

“If it is relocated, it will be difficult for the retailers. The prices can rise,” said U Hla Shwe.

The poultry sold in the market comes from Hinthada, Yegyi, Nga Thaing Chaun, Athoke, Bogale, Kyaitlat, Danuphyu, Zalun, Kyaunggon, and Kyonepyaw, said U Soe, a member of the market welfare group.

“Nowadays, meat chickens are being sold at other places and demand is falling. It is very difficult for us as it (the new location) is so far away, even if they give us a shop and workers to move our merchandise,” he said.

If the market is relocated, Yangon will lose its biggest poultry market and prices will skyrocket, U Soe warned.

“We will try our hardest to prevent relocation, and we will negotiate with the residents’ proposed rules and security measures,” he said.

There are about 1500 workers in the market, and if the market is relocated, their families could be in trouble as it is difficult to access the new market site.

To prevent the spread of H1N1 and other viruses, the market is being disinfected and cleaned every week. Daily cleaning is also being done.

The market, which was originally located on Mawtin Strand Road, was relocated to its present site in October 1989 and is comprised of 95 shops.

When the market was first constructed, it was intended to supply the city’s chicken demand of 15,000 viss (24,750 kilogrammes) per day. At present, it supplies 80,000 viss to 100,000 viss of duck and chicken daily.

Source : Myanmar Times

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