Dec 28, 2014

Nutreco, Primstar join Dutch trade trip to Myanmar

Skretting parent Nutreco and shrimp firm Primstar are among the companies joining a Dutch trade trip to Myanmar in February 2015.

The event, funded by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RvO) and organized by the Dutch Council for Trade Promotion (NCH) and Solidaridad Network, is open to Dutch aquaculture and fisheries companies, as well as those outside the Netherlands which are not direct competitors, Willem van der Pijl, aquaculture program manager with Solidaridad Network, told Undercurrent News.

The mission is scheduled for Feb. 1 to 5, in and around the former Burmese capital of Yangon. The visit includes formal meetings with the Ministry of Fisheries, Myanmar Fisheries Federation, and the Myanmar Investment Committee, as well as either shrimp or fish-focused company visits. The final activity will be a half day matchmaking event and network reception.

Several other companies are joining Nutreco and Primstar, but Van der Pijl declined to name them.

“With one of the four large Asian watersheds, Myanmar has plenty of potential for aquaculture. So that’s why we are participating,” Nutreco told Undercurrent.

Solidaridad Network is engaged in several projects in Myanmar. It is launching the Seafood Trade Intelligence Portal, which will provide detailed profiles of all 18 EU-approved seafood factories in Myanmar in March 2015, and is engaged in a ‘knowledge to knowledge’ project with Wageningen University and universities in Myanmar.

Together with the World Fish Center and Wageningen UR, Solidaridad to secure funding for a multi-year aquaculture support program, said van der Pijl.

In September, farmers in Myanmar called for financial support to save the shrimp breeding sector, which was reportedly suffering dramatic falls in production.

Business leaders with the Myanmar Shrimp Association stressed the urgent need for a strategy with systematic financial support.

This time last year, the ministry of livestock, fisheries and rural development put expected seafood exports at $700 million. This was to include $440m from the seafood exports “through the normal trade routes”, and $260m from seafood exports through “border trade routes”, said the news website.

Source: Undercurrentnews