Saturday, 2 March 2013

Streamlined distribution channels expected to benefit farmers

The government plans to nearly double the number of commodity wholesale centres nationwide over the next few years, according to a report from a recent workshop in Yangon.

The report calls for the existing 44 centres to be upgraded and the total number increased to 70 in order to streamline commodity distribution channels and boost farmers’ incomes.

The centres are expected to see farmers receive higher prices for produce and reduce their transportation costs. Centralised distribution channels will also help them attain faster market information and expand their understanding of international markets, which will enable them to make better decisions about which crops to grow.

The report calls for the centres to be based in towns with good rail, road or water links.

Two new wholesale centres, one for beans and another for fruit, are planned for Yangon, raising the number in Myanmar’s commercial centre to five. The two new centres will be located in suburban areas: the wholesale centre for beans will be in Thongwa township and the one for fruit will be in Kayan township.

The Ministry of Commerce decided to expand the number of commodity wholesale centres at a conference in Nay Pyi Taw last October. The conference discussed ways to develop trading infrastructure nationally.
source: Eleven Myanmar
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