Due to a shortage of soft-shell crabs, the industry faces suspension in Kyaukphyu Township in Rakhine State.
Soft-shell crabs are in high demand and fishermen catch young crabs for the market. A shortage of the crustaceans has plagued the industry since late in September and resulted in a high price.
Ko Aung Naing Lin, the manager of Shwengargyun Soft-shell Export Company from
Kyaukphyu Township said there is no alternative but to suspend soft-shell crab production and export.
“We cannot collect sufficient soft-shell crabs. One reason is the transfer of the company’s shares.”
Entrepreneurs export from 10-13 tonnes of soft-shell crabs monthly to Yangon market via Kyaukphyu, and to China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan via a Mandalay-Muse route. Exporters face a loss due to the suspension.
It takes from 45 to 50 days for soft-shell crabs to grow to harvesting size. They are sold for US$10 (Ks1,355) to 12 per kilo in the international market. The price for a crab has increased from Ks1,800-2,000 to Ks2,200-2,500.
Translated by Myo Than