As part of its project engagement to draft the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP), the CESD team visited Mandalay and Sagaing divisions (Shwebo Township) in order to get a more deeper understanding of the ground-level situation from these regions with regards to the aquaculture sector.
Mandalay and Sagaing divisions, and more specifically Shwebo Township, were chosen for the visit owing to a huge presence of the whole value chain of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the form of small-scale farmers, traders, suppliers and feed producers in these 2 regions. Moreover, these 2 regions also supply in-land states such as Kachin and Chin with fish and other aquaculture products thereby satisfying the local demand in an important way to ensure food and nutrition security. The CESD team had the chance to interview with local Department of Fisheries (DoF) authorities as well as projects that were managed by the DoF in order to gain an overview of the impending obstacles and consumption patterns in the region.
The NADP, currently being drafted by the CESD, will pay due attention to understand market dynamics and how to fill supply gaps through action-oriented strategic interventions that aims to ensure the communities engaged in the aquaculture sector have a sustainable livelihood. The NADP is being funded by the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Program (MYSAP) implemented by the GIZ Myanmar in cooperation with the Department of Fisheries under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) with funding from the European Union and the German Government.