During the sitting of the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) this Monday, Deputy minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo, stated that Myanmar and China are planning to sign an agreement on exports of bananas between the two countries.
“Two experts from China recently conducted a field study in Myanmar regarding banana export and both countries intend to sign a memorandum of understanding for the official exports of bananas from Myanmar to China,” U Aung Htoo said.
Currently, some Chinese agri-businesses are growing tissue-cultures bananas in Kachin State and other areas for export to China. China is the main market for agricultural products from Myanmar. Fruits, including watermelons and muskmelons, are already being exported to China -besides crops such as rice, maize and beans. U Aung Htoo added that officials in China say there is potential to export not only bananas but also other types of agricultural products to China.
“We have held talks with the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China for official exports of banana, avocado, pear, lime, pineapple, pomelo [...] to China,” he said. “[…] Myanmar’s Ministry of Commerce has submitted answers to China’s customs authorities regarding pest risk analysis and are awaiting a response.”
U Aung Htoo also revealed that the government is preparing to send more trade ambassadors to Europe, South America, and Africa. “We are making arrangements to appoint economic attaches in Germany, Brazil, Australia, and South Africa, and adding more attaches for China” he said. Currently, Myanmar has 11 trade ambassadors overseas.