a.    Total Population: 54,584,650 (July 2012 est.)

                                          i.    Agricultural Population – 70%

                                         ii.    Total labour force – 32.53 million (2011 est.)

b.    GDP: $82.72 billion (2011 est.)

c.    GDP - real growth rate: 5.5% (2011 est.)

d.    GDP – per capita: $1,300 (2011 est.)

e.    GDP - composition by sector:

·      agriculture: 43%

·      industry: 20.5%

·      services: 36.6% (2011 est.)

f.     Investment (gross fixed): 16% of GDP (2011 est.)

g.    Unemployment rate: 5.5% (2011 est.)

h.    Industries: agricultural processing; wood and wood products; copper, tin, tungsten, iron; cement, construction materials; pharmaceuticals; fertilizer; oil and natural gas; garments, jade and gems




a.    Total Exports: $9.543 billion (2011 est.)

note: official export figures are grossly underestimated due to the value of timber, gems, narcotics, rice, and other products smuggled to Thailand, China, and Bangladesh

b.    Exports commodities: natural gas, wood products, pulses, beans, fish, rice, clothing, jade and gems

c.    Total Import: $5.498 billion (2011 est.)

d.    Imports commodities: fabric, petroleum products, fertilizer, plastics, machinery, transport equipment; cement, construction materials, crude oil; food products, edible oil

  Climate, Land & Agriculture:  

a.    Climate: tropical monsoon; cloudy, rainy, hot, humid summers (southwest monsoon, June to September); less cloudy, scant rainfall, mild temperatures, lower humidity during winter (northeast monsoon, December to April)

b.    Total Land Area: 5,876 km

c.    Land Use:

                                          i.    Arable land: 14.92%

                                         ii.    Permanent crops:  1.31%

                                        iii.    Others: 83.77% (2005)

                                       iv.    Irrigated land: 22,500 sq km (2008)

d.    Major Agricultural commodities: rice, pulses, beans, sesame, groundnuts, sugarcane; hardwood; fish and fish products

  Major Industrial Activities:  
  rice, pulses, beans, sesame, groundnuts, sugarcane  
  Environmental information & data:  

Environment - current issues:

Deforestation; industrial pollution of air, soil, and water; inadequate sanitation and water treatment contribute to disease


Environment - international agreements:

Party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94

Signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

  Jute Statistics:  

  Area of jute/kenaf cultivation : 8,900 Hectare(2009/10)  
  Productivity in MT/ha : 0.90 MT/ha  
  Production of kenaf and allied fibres : 8,000MT(2009/10) – 43,600 MT(2006/07)  
  Export of  raw jute, kenaf and allied fibres : 9,000 MT(2006/07)-13,700 MT(2004/05)  
  Number of Jute Mills & Factories : 12  
  Govt. Department/Ministry dealing with jute:    

·         Ministry of Commerce 

·         Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation

·         Ministry of Forestry

·         Ministry of Industry

  Jute Industries and Traders:  
  1. Okkyin Jute Mill

  2. Myaung Mya Jute Mills

  3. Dawbon Carpet Products Factory

  4. Wakema Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  5. Ma-U Bin Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  6. Da-Nu-Byu Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  7. Kyone Pyaw Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  8. Tharyarwady Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  9. Pyay Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  10. Taungoo Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  11. Okkyin Jute Grading & Baling Factory

  12. Ma-U-Bin Paper Mail

  Associate Member :  

Mr. Kyaw Myint

Technical Manager


Okkyin Jute Mill

Bayint Naung Road Hlaing Tsp,

Yangon, Myanmar

Tel: 01-681546

HP: 09-5003268

Email: ukmokkyin@gmail.com


  IJO and IJSG Collaboration:  
  Myanmar shown its keen interest in jute and the IJSG and expressed its desire to become a member of the Group in the Fourth Session of the Council;

It has been attending the IJSG Council Session from the last few Session;

A three member delegation led by Mr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary General of IJSG along with Dr. Latifa Binte Lutfar, Operations Officer and Mr. Rajib Jones Mitra, Secretary, IJSG visited Myanmar on a membership drive from October 05-09, 2011. The IJSG delegation met H.E. U Khin Zaw; Union Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MOAI), U YČ Phone Myint, Managing Director, Jute and Fiber Department (JFD), and the high officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Republic of Union of Myanmar at the Ministry at Nay Pyi Taw on October 07, 2011. The IJSG delegates also met Mr. U YČ Phone Myint; the Managing Director and the high officials and experts of the Jute and Fiber Department (JFD) at its office in Yangon in the same day. The delegation along with JFD representatives visited the Ma U Bin jute based paper mills the next day on October 08th to have an overall idea of functions and processes of the mills. The IJSG delegates were provided with papers of several qualities made from jute as samples.


Symposiums/Meetings/Visits/Other activities:

A two-day Seminar was organized by the IJSG at Yangon, Myanmar in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MAI) and Myanmar Jute Industries (MJI) of the Union of Myanmar on 07–08 February 2007. The Seminar was inaugurated by H.E. Major General Htay Oo, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation as Chief Guest while Mr. A. F. M. Sarwar Kamal, the former Secretary General, IJSG addressed the Seminar as a Special Guest.

The former Secretary General, Mr. Sudripta Roy, IJSG visited Yangon, Myanmar on Membership drive in March 2009


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