Mawlamyine, August (30)

In Mon State, almost 70 percent of livestock farming has been completely stopped due to increased production costs within a year and a half of the military coup, the livestock farmers told Than Lwin Times.

Livestock businesses have been forced to shut down completely after the military coup due to skyrocketing prices of livestock inputs such as animal feeds, medicine, and general costs.

The price of livestock feed used to be around 20,000 kyats per bag, but now it has risen to more than 70,000 kyats, while the expense of building a farm and transporting goods has also nearly doubled.

A livestock farmer said that almost 70 percent of livestock operations have been stopped completely because of these conditions.

“Currently, high food costs and diseases caused by climate change are challenges. The data indicates that around 70% of livestock sector have closed. Some families were forced to flee their homes because of mounting debt. Lies and unemployment soared as a result,” a farmer said.

In addition, because the cost of production in the livestock industry has increased exponentially, there are no people who wish to expand new businesses, and some have shifted their focus to other sectors.

The stoppage of farming has caused the price of a chicken egg to jump from 200 to 250 kyats and a duck egg to around 300 to 400 kyats in the market.

Livestock farmers claim that the livelihoods of individuals who depend on the livestock industry are growing risky and that the unemployment rate for skilled workers is rising.

In Mon State, chickens, pigs, ducks, and fish are mainly raised, and goats, cows, and quails are on a small scale.

News – Than Lwin Times

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