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As catch and sales fall, Myanmar fishermen sink into debt

Myanmar Now

Fishing, a major industry in impoverished Rakhine State, has been in a long decline, pushing many coastal communities into debt.

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‘The fishing industry needs capital, technology and market access’

Myanmar Now

Myint Thein, a Fisheries Department officer in Rakhine State’s Thandwe District, discusses the challenges in trying to reverse the long decline of the state’s fishing industry.

‘We do not control MPs, we give suggestions’: Senior NLD member

Myanmar Now

NLD Central Executive Committee member Nyan Win discusses the controversy over the party leadership’s recent dismissals of government and parliament members.

Farmers increase fertiliser use with little knowledge, or regulation

Myanmar Now

Ayeyarwady Region farmers are increasing yields by using more fertiliser, but many lack information about the products, which can be of dubious quality.

Photos: Myanmar farmers struggle to mechanise

Myanmar Now

The agricultural sector is labour intensive, yields are low, and only the larger farmers can afford to use mechanical harvesters.

As labourers leave Myanmar delta, farmers struggle to mechanise

Myanmar Now

In Myanmar’s ‘rice bowl’ region, farmers need to mechanise as labour shortages grow, but they face a lack of capital and government support.


Party National League for Democracy


NLD is fielding the most candidates of any party in the upcoming election and is set to gain a large portion of seats in the Union Parliament if pre-polling predictions prove correct.

Party Union Solidarity and Development Party


Holds an outright majority in both houses of parliament but the 2015 election looms as a completely different scenario.

Party Phalone-Sqaw Democratic Party


The party has fielded six women candidates out of its 41 for 2015 General Election.

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