Myanmar has exported more than 900,000 tons of rice and broken rice for the year until the end of December, reported the Ministry of Commerce. Yan Naing Tun, the director-general of the Trade Department said. “Our ministry is expanding foreign markets to export rice. We have offers from Kenya, one of the countries from the African rice market, to buy Myanmar rice but the banking matters are still under negotiation.” Yan Naing Tun further added that, “We have already exported more than 900,000 tons of rice and broken rice and it is a good sign for the country.” Yan Naing Tun also said that, “our minister received offers from Kenya during his visit to the country and Indonesia and the Philippines have also shown desire for Myanmar’s rice.” Rice exports to China had decreased in November due to ethnic clashes that broke out between Tatmadaw and ethnic armed groups in Muse. Myanmar rice is exported to China through the Muse border trade zone. Therefore, the government planned to export rice to other foreign markets by sea.
Africa and the EU are currently purchasing rice from Myanmar, according to the Myanmar Rice Industry. About 60,000 tonnes of rice is being exported to the African market each month. Rice is being exported to more than 30 foreign countries by ship. The Myanmar-China border trade zones exported 25,000 tonnes of rice worth US$8million from December 10 to 16, 2016. The Muse border trade zone exported more than 2,000 tonnes of fish paste and 15,674 tonnes of rice, Chinshwehaw, 701 tonnes of rice, Lwejel, and 6,874 tonnes of rice, according to the Ministry of Commerce.