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Fishery Sector Issue: Finding Ways For Establishment Of Fisheries University

11 October 2017

A workshop on the establishment of Fisheries University was organized in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu attended the workshop together with parliamentarians and representatives of universities.

The country has a long coastline of 2832 kilometers, and fishery resources are valued at 1.759 million metric tons. Annually, the highest aquaculture production rate goes about 1.05 million metric tons. The four main rivers, Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Sittaung and Thanlwin create the inland fisheries resources. The Union Minister said that the ministry also conducts technical improvement training and education and human resources courses for the fishery workers from the ground-level. 

Director General, Department of Fisheries, Khin Maung Maw said “Aiming to develop the fishery sector, perverse the fishery resources, provide the sufficient local foodstuffs, increase the foreign income, create more job opportunities and decline the rural poverty, National Parliament decided to establish Fisheries university under international standards and modernized procedure. So, this workshop is the 1st step for the establishment.”

The workshop was aimed to collect the ways and ideas for the establishment of the university from the experts.

Rector, Yezin Agricultural University, Prof. Dr. Myo Kywe said “Abroad, the term “Agriculture” is relative to fishery and livestock. In our country, agriculture is the main route, and fishery products are now also exported to Europe. But there is no major university for fishery production. While promoting the fishery sector, it is needed to have post-graduate, graduate and master degrees for professionals.”

Currently, Fishery Education Science Classes are opened in Kyoekone  of Yangon Region, in Pyapon township of Ayeyarwady region as well as in Sagaing Region - about a thousand are nurtured each year.