Millers, merchants urge illegal China-bound rice be stanched

The illegal outflow of rice via China’s border routes needs to be addressed through existing policies, regional rice-mill associations and local rice merchants have told the government. The export of rice without licence via Muse and Lwejel regions along the border with China, they said. Many bags of rice are being smuggled out of the […]

Myanmar sets up committee to facilitate power transfer to NLD

An eight-member committee has been set up to facilitate the transfer of power from the current Myanmar government to the National League for Democracy Party (NLD). According to Myanmar News Agency, President Thein Sein met NLD Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi on Dec 2 to discuss plans for the smooth transfer of state responsibility and […]

Myanmar Rice firms wary of Ministry plans to open up market

“We can’t compete with foreign companies,” said Myanmar Rice Federation’s central executive committee member U Soe Win. “This is not the right time to give them permission to enter the wholesale market. We are just starting to do business openly. Why let them in at this moment?” His comments follow reports that the ministry’s directorate […]