Myanmar to resume fish exports to Saudi Arabia after inspections

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Myanmar to resume fish exports to Saudi Arabia after inspections
After inspections are carried out by Saudi Arabia, Myanmar will be able to resume its fish export which had been suspended.

Saudi Arabia has sent the necessary checklists to Myanmar Fisheries Department on April to allow farmed fishes export from Myanmar said U Thet Naing, deputy director of the Quality Control and Research Division of Fisheries Department.

“They sent some question based on our fact. We resent the question to the responsible department, collect the answer and report to our superior. If the department head accepts then we will provide the result to Saudi Arabia. They will then come and inspect our fishery system after everything is completed so we can resume exports,.” said U Thet Naing.

Saudi Arabia, which imports about 20,000 tonnes of marine products from Myanmar annually, had stopped buying rohu fish since April last year after bacteria was found on the same fish species imported from Vietnam.

Before the suspension, Myanmar exported 60 percent of river catfish to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials will visit Myanmar and inspect the country’s fishery system is in accordance with their standard and has Good Aquaculture Practices (GAP), said U Thet Naing.

Of the 25 cold storage plants exporting fish to Saudi Arabia, 20pc of its breeding farms follow the GAP, while 20pc of farms have not even started implementing GAP, he added.

Saudi Arabia’s’ suspension of fishery imports from four countries – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Vietnam – Myanmar is the only country left for inspections, said U Tun Aye, president of Myanmar Fisheries Products Processors and Exporter Association.

The respective body from Saudi Arabia inspected 24 cold storage plants in Vietnam exporting fish and discovered that only 9 plants follow standards. The body suspended fish import from Vietnam, Myanmar, India, and Bangladesh in March last year.