Floods destroyed more than 3,200 acres of fish breeding lakes in Bago, Yangon and Kayin, according to Myanmar Fishery Federation.
The flood-damaged fishing lakes are: 1,291 acres in Bago, 35 acre in Nyaunglaypin Townships in Bago region, 1,044.57 acres in Kyunchaungkone Township and 64 acres in Kawhmu Township in Yangon region and more than 800 acres in Kayin State. The MFF has not received the exact data in Mon State yet.
Win Kyaing, General-Secretary of the MFF said: “The disasters have a direct impact on fish breeding industry. The loss of farms has an indirect impact on the production of animal feeds. Due to special high tide, prawn and fish breeding lakes are flooded. I have never seen such high tide before. There was a collapse of banks in Thonegwa Township. Floods hit Bago, Kayin and Mon due to heavy downpours. To what extent how the high tide cause damages to the coastal regions. Now the water level of Ayeyarwady River in Zalun and Danuphyu Township has exceeded its danger marks. I worry about the flooding in Ayeyarwady, Bago and Yangon where fish breeding lakes are located as there is over one month left for the end of rainy season.”
Fish market is cool after Saudi Arabia has banned fish imports from Myanmar. Fish breeders face difficulties as prices for animal feed raw materials hit a record high. They lose all expenses. Those who have no additional investments find it difficult to continue doing their businesses.
In 2015, floods destroyed around 35,000 acres of fish breeding lakes in Yangon, Bago and Ayeyarwady and 58,000 acres of prawn breeding lakes in Rakhine State, resulting in a loss of Ks-50 billion.