July 21, 2008


FAO seeks funding to rebuild aquaculture industry in Myanmar

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announce that it is seeking US$33.5 million to help revive Myanmar's agricultural sector, specifically the aquaculture industry after a cyclone caused devastating damage this year.


The cyclone destroyed 21,000 hectares of fish ponds and innumerable fishing boats and gear.


Overall needs for relief and recovery activities in farming, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry over the next 12 months could total US$51 million under the revised appeal for Cyclone Nargis response for Myanmar launched last week, which called for a total of US$303 million for all sectors including agriculture.


As the lead agency for the agriculture sector, FAO is playing a key role in coordinating the efforts of humanitarian partners.


Since the reduced rice harvest is unlikely to meet the needs of the population, the country's food security would have to depend on alternative crop strategies and rapidly restoring the livestock and aquaculture industries, said Anne M. Bauer, Director, FAO Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division.


FAO established an Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordination Unit in Myanmar soon after the cyclone and is currently implementing a livelihood recovery programme.

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