Myanmar jade industry gathers dust despite China-led boom

NAYPYITAW — The jade mining industry in Myanmar, one of the world’s richest sources of the gem, is scrambling to meet rising Chinese demand, sometimes at the cost of human lives. Yet this booming trade has not translated into growth beyond the dangerous work of extraction. In fact, Myanmar’s jade processing industry has languished, mainly […]

Chinese demand for Myanmar cotton could surge on trade war with US

China, the world’s largest importer of cotton, has been eyeing Myanmar-produced cotton with much greater interest in the wake of its trade war with the US, local cotton growers have told The Myanmar Times. China has imported cotton from the US for the past 10 years. Last month though, US President Donald Trump imposed $50 […]

Climate change affected soybean farmers get new seeds, technology

SHWE PAHTOE VILLAGE, Shan State — Hla Min had been successfully farming soybean since 1994 on the hillsides of Shwe Pahtoe (South), an ethnic Danu village in Pindaya Township, southern Shan State, when around 2008 his harvests began to fall. As rains became increasingly erratic due to a changing climate his crop suffered. Sometimes rains […]

Jade jitters for 2015 trade

After 2014’s slump in Chinese demand and continued clashes in jade mining areas, dealers are looking to the year ahead with some anxiety. A shortage of quality stones coming to market, reduced interest from China and continued fighting in jade-rich Kachin State are the main reasons, according to the dealers. Mandalay jade dealers are largely […]