According to the sources, it has been reported that the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF), the Myanmar Rice and Paddy Traders Association and University of Agriculture are planning to jointly conduct a survey on the local rice consumption this year. In this regard, it has been revealed that the survey targets over 4,000 households living in 14 regions and states of the country. The main points covered in survey include the amount of rice consumption, daily earning of each household and kind of rice they consume. It has also been indicated that the Myanmar does not have the actual data on local rice consumption since last 20 years despite rice being an important export item for the country and the government prioritizing rice exports in its National Export Strategy.
Further, it has been reported that the Myanmar exported around 830,000 tons of rice in the first ten months of FY 2015-16 (April 2015 – January 2016), which is down about 15% from around 980,000 exported during the same period last year, as per the data indicated by the MRF. However, as per USDA estimates, the Myanmar’s MY 2015-16 (January – December 2016) rice consumption demand is at around 10.65 million tons. It also estimates that the Myanmar is to produce around 12.2 million tons and to export around 1.8 million tons of milled rice during the year.