Naypyidaw, Myanmar, 1 February, 2018 – The Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) announces the start of a one-year consultation process to draft a National Aquaculture Development Plan by end of 2018.
The announcement was made at the official launch of the implementation phase of MYSAP on 1 February in Naypyidaw, organized by the Department of Fisheries with support from GIZ and CESD. This was the kick-off for a series of consultations among Government agencies and other stakeholders to formulate the NADP.
“Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and a lack of preservation of fishery resources in Myanmar have led to a decline in aquaculture production. Therefore, the Department of Fisheries is taking action”, said U Khin Maung Maw, Director General of the Department of Fisheries.
“Neighbouring countries, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia, are working with national aquaculture development plans and they are marking high fish production and exports. We understand that there is a strong need for a proper aquaculture development plan in Myanmar.”
“Therefore, [we are] facilitating the consultation process to draft an NADP that is in line with the 12-point national economic policy announced in 2016. Our goals are food security, increased export and the expansion of rural employment opportunities, granting fish farmers better access to credit, increasing private investment and competition in the fish sector”, the Director General explained, illustrating the connection of aquaculture to other policy areas.
At the first NADP dialogue, the representatives discussed approaches to improve aquaculture value chains and environmental sustainability, policy, governance and institutional support, post-harvest management and human nutrition, as well as education, social inclusiveness and gender equality.
Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), is working closely with the Department of Fisheries to organise the NADP consultation and drafting process. The objectives are clear: “The NADP for Myanmar will guide the overall sustainable development of the aquaculture sector, with actionable strategies for the uplifting and integrated development of the whole sector”, Dr. Zaw Oo explained, “and to empower the livelihoods of all communities currently engaged in this sector.”