Nearly 15,000 cattle stranded in Muse cause high feedstuff cost

About 70 companies of cattle stranded in Muse are arranging to bring the cattle back to their home owing to the burden of labour wages and high feedstuff cost, said U Soe Naing, chair of Mandalay Region Cattle Exporters Association.

“It costs K400,000-600,000 to take care of 100 heads of cattle every day. It includes labour wages and feedstuff cost. It is approximately K10 million per month,” he added. At present, about 15,000 heads of cattle, owned by 150 companies, are stranded at the Muse border. The labour wages and feedstuff cost burden them. Consequently, they reported Mandalay Region Cattle Exporters Association for cattle return, he continued.

“For now, around 15,000 heads of cattle are struck in Muse. As per the report, 70 companies want to go back to their designated place. However, the news of legal purchase by China is spreading in the market. As a result of this, they are asking for our opinions on whether they should return or not. They are worried about transportation wastes as well,” he explained.

China permits live cattle import only after ensuring the cattle is free from 20 diseases, including Foot and Mouth Disease, along with vaccination certificates, health certificates, and farming registration certificates. Therefore, the officials concerned from the two countries are negotiating this, he confirmed. Earlier, 1,500-2,000 heads of cattle were daily traded through Muse border. With China stepping up border control as precautionary measures for the COVID-19 and other reasons, it was three months that China halted cattle trade, he pointed out.

In the meantime, we are concerned about possible market manipulation when the supply is surpassing the demand. Additionally, Myanmar’s live cattle export is heavily relying on the China market due to a reasonable price. However, Myanmar has other external markets such as Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh, he added.

The Ministry of Commerce grants a permit to each company for 100 cattle export, and the pass is valid for three months. The companies can be taken legal actions if they do not sell the cattle during a three-month period.

Live cattle export was allowed in late 2017, to eradicate illegal exports, creating more opportunities for breeders and promoting their interests.

Myanmar has around 500,000 heads of cattle for export beyond domestic consumption, the association stated.

Source : The Global New Light Of Myanmar