The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD), in association with the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) and in close cooperation with the Department of Fisheries (DOF), organised the second consultation of the National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP) in Mawlamyine, Mon State this week. It marks the second event in a series of state and regional aquaculture-sector consultations for the development of the NADP.
The objective of these consultations is to gather vital feedback from key stakeholders for the development of the National Aquaculture Development Plan. CESD is currently drafting the NADP – a strategic, action-oriented and forward-looking document that aims to foster sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Myanmar. The series of consultations is a part of CESD’s engagement with the MYSAP programme, which is implemented by GIZ Myanmar with funding from the European Union and the German Government.
U Htun Atay, the Regional Minister of Agricultural, Livestock, and Irrigation in Mon State remarked on the business opportunities that fish farming could present to the region, prioritising the development of the NADP and Myanmar’s aquaculture sector. Mon region is largely engaged in fish production, with many livelihoods dependent on the industry. The workshop comes at a time when the fish production business in Mon region is declining, with the new plan aiming to remove obstacles within the industry and enhance the sector.
The NADP will align with Myanmar’s Sustainable Development Plan (2017-2022), National Export Strategy (2016-2019), ADS and Investment Plan (2018-2023), National Nutrition Strategy, and Aid Coordination Policies. Furthermore, the NADP will adhere to key principles of advocating for equitable social development, sustainable economic development, as well as ecological health and biodiversity. Myanmar is located in a rising global fish demand zone for both processing and final consumption and has relatively rich land, water, and coastal resources, as well as a diversity of agro-climatic conditions. The NADP will emphasise the agriculture transformation agenda with aquaculture development as one of its main drivers. In turn, the entire value chain of aquaculture will be considered through the establishment of quality infrastructure in order to align with international and domestic markets demands, and well as global value chains and global markets.
This series of consultations acknowledges the importance of gaining feedback from ground-level stakeholders from different states and regions to ensure that as many inputs as possible are heard during the development of the NADP. The state and regional consultations provide more information for the development of the NADP and acts as an opportunity for key stakeholders to provide necessary feedback on the process.