Recently, CESD staff travelled to Twante, situated south-east of Yangon, to do further research on the aquaculture sector in the township. The research is a part of CESD’s engagement with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme(MYSAP), funded by the European Union and GIZ.

In Twante, researchers visited fish ponds to study the fish harvest. Fish harvest, which is a seasonal activity, requires additional labour, and therefore one of the objective of the field trip was to look at the characteristics and conditions of this seasonal labour.

Researchers observed the different stages of the harvest, including how fish were caught and harvested on small boats and then transferred to a larger boat for transportation to the Kyi Myin Daing fish market in Yangon. The harvest is one of the final stages in the aquaculture value chain, beginning with inputs such as fish feed, fry and fingerlings.

CESD has been engaged in the aquaculture sector of Myanmar for several years, beginning with the USAID funded Food Security Policy project in 2014. The centre is contributing to drafting the National Aquaculture Development Plan as a part of the MYSAP program.