Myanmar is the major rice and corn exporter to the China.Dr Maung Aung,adviser from Ministry of Commerce has said that the China used to give 95% tax exemption in the agricultural products it imports from the Myanmar which later has raised to 97% later but it doesn’t included rice and corn in this relaxation.
But the representatives from the two countries are discussing to expand the tax exemption for these two items.
For the rice export to China both the countries are negotiating a deal on rice export.The talks for the deal were held by representatives from China’s general administration of quality supervision, Inspection and quarantine agency and they will signed the deal at the meeting of Asean ministers of agriculture and forestry this month in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Chinese go for the Myanmar Rice because of its rice quality so it is require to produce that quality rice to meet their standards and need to make the farmers aware on how to do this,he said
He said exporters needed to follow the example set by India, where high-quality Basmati rice is exported. “Our previous concept was not correct. High-quality rice produced in local market for export could not be found. We need to correct this,” Maung Aung said.
In the fiscal year 2012-13 1.4 million tonnes of rice were exported and last year it declined to 1.2 million tonnes and this year the exports to reach at 1 million tonnes.
Due to sanctions by western countries and poor quality, rice exporters have primarily targetted African markets. Most rice exported by land goes to China. The government’s new five-year export strategy puts rice at the top of its priority list for exports and aims to crack the European market.