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The Nation (Thailand)
February 7, 2014 Friday
High-quality rice to be exported to Japan for second time
Myanmar will export 6,000 tonnes of high-quality rice to Japan for second time in May, according to the Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation (Mapco).
"We are now preparing to export 6,000 tonnes of rice that have already been awarded the tender. Japan is going to buy native paddy strains and Myanmar is now test exporting high-quality rice to European countries," Soe Tun, director of Mapco, said.
Myanmar is also exporting 25-mark high quality rice to China and Africa.
Mapco exported 5,000 tonnes of high-quality rice to Japan for the first time in 45 years and is working to export more.
Japan examined Myanmar paddy strains in all 257 kinds of laboratory tests, including insecticide tainting and samples with or without chemical substances.
Ye Min Aung, managing director of Mapco, said Myanmar rice dealers were now preparing to export high-quality rice to the international market. That is why rice dealers should prepare for an emerging market that specialises in top quality products.
"We will export 200,000 tonnes of rice to Japan in this fiscal year, cooperating with Japan's Mitsui Company. We have a plan to export rice to Africa and other international markets," Ye Min Aung said.
Myanmar has also begun exporting rice to European markets under an advantageous EU trade scheme.
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