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U.S. Companies Engage Myanmar on Food Security and Agricultural Initiatives

(Nay Pyi Taw)  A delegation of 7 member companies of the US-ASEAN Business Council’s Food & Agriculture Committee visited Myanmar this week. The delegation discussed opportunities for U.S. companies to support the Government of the Union of Myanmar plan’s to improve food security and agricultural initiatives with high-level government officials and key stakeholders. Further, the delegation engaged Myanmar on ways to enhance market access and opportunities for U.S. companies to expand business activities in the food, agriculture and animal health sector. This Industry Mission, the first U.S. mission to Myanmar to solely focus on Food & Agriculture issues, will be led by Alexander C. Feldman, President & CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council, and Bruce Blakeman, Vice President for Corporate Affairs in the Asia-Pacific region for Cargill and Chair of the Council’s Food & Agriculture Committee.

“More than 65% of Myanmar’s workforce is in the agriculture sector. The growth and success of this industry, particularly in rural areas, is absolutely essential to Myanmar’s continuing economic progress,” said Alexander Feldman of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “Both the Council and its members see this mission as a great opportunity to explore opportunities to support the growth and development of Myanmar’s agriculture, food processing and animal health sectors, as well as to discuss partnerships for the promulgation of new agri-innovation technologies to improve productivity in the agricultural and animal health sector.”

“We hope to explore ways we can partner with the government to help farmers produce more food and increase their incomes.  US companies can bring needed technologies and knowledge to help Myanmar’s farmers. Whether it’s providing better inputs like seeds or crop protection to better medicines and feed for livestock, there are a multitude of ways we can partner with Myanmar farmers to help them be more successful,” said Bruce Blakeman, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Cargill and also the Council’s Food & Agriculture Committee Chairman.

The delegation met with the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing, the Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Ohn Myint, and officials from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Commerce, and the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development.
Companies participating in the mission include Committee Chair Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, Elanco Animal Health, Monsanto, MSD Animal Health, RMA Group, and Syngenta.

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