According to the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF), it has been reported that the China Certification and Inspection Group (CCIG) will open a branch in Yangon next month with a aim to carry out quality inspection of rice due to be exported to China, as revealed by the MRF. Further, Mr Lu Maw Myint Maung, Joint Secretary of the MRF, informed that officials from the CCIG had discussions this month to increase rice exports as it has been realised that the Myanmar rice market has lot of potential to develop. Thus, the CCIG is looking for an office and plans to open it in the next month. As per sources, the Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation has arranged an office for the CCIG and it is looking for warehouses in Hlaingtharya as the rice mills are near industrial zones.
Furthermore, in this regard it has been stated that the country could export more than 1.3 million tonnes of rice in this fiscal year, down more than four million tonnes as compared with the last year, according to Mr Ye Min Aung, General Secretary of the MRF. This decline in rice exports was due to the devastating floods during last year’s monsoon. Further, it was narrated that around 90 per cent of Myanmar’s exported rice passes through its land borders with 10 per cent leaving by sea and the Muse is the main centre for rice exports to China. The Muse camp received about 5,000 tonnes of rice in previous years but now it cannot be exported more than 1,000 tonnes. It was also emphasized that CCIG is an independent and third-party certification and inspection organisation and it is dedicated in providing inspection, verification, certification and testing services.