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The Burmese Department of Agriculture expects farmers to cultivate 6.1 MHa of main rice crop

28.10.2021 12:00 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) Following are selected highlights from a report issued by a U. S. Department of Agriculture attache in The Rangoon, the Burmese Department of Agriculture expects farmers to cultivate 6.1 million hectares (MHa) of main rice crop (monsoon rice) in October 2021.

Non-border Trade

Post forecast Burmas official rice and broken rice exports lower in October due to very low demand from both African and EU countries. Traders continue facing high shipping costs and difficulties in secure shipping vessels, which has led to a drop in demand for rice and broken rice from the African and EU countries. Burmese and Chinese officials are negotiating the reopening of the border gates, but the date of reopening remains uncertain. There are long queues of truck waiting to cross in anticipation of the gates reopening.

Official export figures by type in August are available in Table 1, but official figures for September were not available at the time of reporting. Post will include September export figures in the next report. In August, Emata accounted for 57 percent of total exports in July followed by broken rice at 25 percent and Ngasein at 16 percent and parboiled at less than 2 percent.

Border Trade

Post forecast Burmas rice and broken rice exports traded at the border lower in October due to the continued closure of all border gates. China has temporarily closed all trade gates in Kachin and Shan states since July 8 due to COVID-19. Border trade between the two countries almost completely stopped. The Chinese and Burmese governments partnered in opening a 1,000 bed COVID-19 treatment center in the 105-mile trade zone in Muse on October 1 in order to resume border trade. However, borders gates have not reopened. There were negotiations between China and Burma on October 14 to discuss conditions for reopening the border gates, but the two parties did not agree on all the conditions for reopening.

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