Fish farming (aquaculture) is important to Myanmar’s food security and is developing and transforming quickly in Myanmar. This policy brief presents findings from a field survey of the farmed fish value chain. Many of the findings are at odds with what is perceived as conventional wisdom about fish farming in Myanmar.
In March 2013, the new Minimum Wage Law was enacted by Myanmar’s Parliament, and after years-long tripartite negotiations, the minimum basic wage rate was set at 3,600 kyats per 8-hour working day (450 kyat/hour), corresponding to approx. US$ 83 per month. The minimum wage was implemented from 1 September 2015. What next? This was a question put by CESD to the Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net) at a workshop organised by the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) in November 2015.
Rapid agricultural growth in Myanmar has the potential to be the engine for broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction. Moreover, the current democratic reforms in Myanmar create opportunities for development of agricultural and economic policies for greater food security and poverty reduction.