Tuesday, September 19, 2017

China looks at rohu purchases

At the same time as rohu fish farmers have chosen to cut back production, Chinese buyers have contacted the Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) to procure it, an official said during the weekly fisheries meeting on March 15.

“Last week a team of Chinese businessmen met with us and stated an interest in buying big rohu – those 3 kilograms or larger,” said U Win Kyaing, MFF’s general secretary.

“They said that big rohu is salted and dried, and then eaten with rice porridge or gruel in China. They also said that buying larger rohu in China is becoming more difficult and traders have begun seeking fish from other markets,” he said.

He also said that it would take time to secure any potential business deal with the Chinese buyers because producers here would also be required to learn the preferred method of preparing the fish.

“We need to learn their processing techniques and teach these to our workers,” U Win Kyaing said. “However, MFF told the Chinese team that they could buy as much rohu as they wanted.”