Improving compliance with SPS measures to boost oilseed exports

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Mandalay pulses and oilseed trading
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Improving compliance with SPS measures to boost oilseed exports

The purpose of the project is to increase export revenues of farmers, processors and exporters along the oilseed value chain through improved food safety and compliance with SPS measures for market access.

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Agriculture represents 43% of Myanmar's GDP and constitutes a large part of employment (54%) and exports (17%). Oilseed cultivation accounts for the most significant portion of agricultural activity in Myanmar after cereals and pulses. In addition, Myanmar is one of the world's largest producers of oilseeds. The most important oilseed crops are sesame, groundnut, mustard, and sunflower seeds. The vast majority of oilseeds in Myanmar are grown in 3 regions (Mandalay, Sagaing, and Magwey).

Oilseeds exports rely on a few key markets including Japan, China, and Chinese Taipei. Over 91% of the total oilseeds’ exports are destined for these 3 markets. The major difficulty for Myanmar's oilseeds sector is the low quality produce and non-compliance with international standards. A study conducted for the National Export Strategy, concluded that Myanmar is facing significant challenges in dealing with its sanitary conditions. Non-compliance with food safety standards and inadequate quality control mechanism have been identified by the public and private sector as a major issue affecting human health, export capacity and competitiveness in the sector. The issue of non-compliance with food safety standards is due to SPS-related factors along the oilseed value chain. 
Expected Results 

Build and sustain the competence of public and private stakeholders to comply with quality and food safety international requirements on oilseeds

The capacity of farmers, processors and regulatory control officers has been enhanced in order to ensure compliance with SPS measures and GAP for the oilseed sector. This has been achieved via inception workshops on quality and international food safety requirements provided to the selected beneficiaries in the three target regions. Feedback from trainings is being used to align and improve the following trainings throughout the project implementation. In addition, selected experts and extension officers’ capacity are assisting farmers and oilseeds processors and monitor their work, in the area of GAP, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), pest and disease management, usage of quality production inputs, harvest and post-harvest practices. Sector association representatives are also being trained on the latter to enhance their knowledge about the sector needs.

Improve the international, regional and national market opportunities of oilseeds value chain

In order to improve the synergies between public and private sector in Myanmar, this project foresees networking sessions. These sessions will involve workshops and meetings with national, regional and international partners to discuss further export opportunities. During the implementation of the project, a few key import markets will be identified and direct contacts will be established for future cooperation. For better information dissemination a platform/website to be used will be made available and sustained after the finalization of the project.

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International Trade Centre (ITC)
Ministry of Health, Myanmar
Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar
Myanmar Scientific and Technological Research Department (MSTRD)
The Myanmar Pulses Beans and Sesame Seeds Merchant Association