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Myanmar is home to commercial rice millers that produce edible rice through husking, polishing, and blending. As of June 2014, there were less than 10 high-tech and modernized rice mills that can produce 100 to 400 tons per day in the country, according to the Myanmar Rice Millers Association. Most mills operate with old, obsolete processing units leading to about 15-20 percent quality and quantity losses during milling.

Figure 1 Mills Statistics (Source: http://www.ffinetwork.org/country_profiles/country.php?record=28) 

Since rice is the main staple food in Myanmar, the milling industry continues to grow to meet the demand, some also involves foreign investment, such as MAPCO (a joint venture with a Japanese company). Another one is Wilmar Myanmar (a subsidiary of Singapore based Wilmar International) launched a  four mill and consumer pack edible oil processing plan in the Thilawa SEZ in October 2019 to produce, sell and distribute rice and rice related products. Importation remains strictly controlled.

Addressing malnutrition issue in Myanmar is a key national priority. In 2013, a company called PATH became the first company which introduced with fortified rice to Myanmar in 2013. WFP Myanmar started to distribute fortified rice to the beneficiary as a pilot project in central Rakhine. It means fortified rice is available at the market but at a premium quality. To meet the nutritional value, WFP procures fortified kernel locally and blend it with WFP standard rice. There are only two companies which can produce fortified kernel and six registered companies which has blending facility in Myanmar. Production of fortified kernel is still limited in terms of quantity and deviation of produced fortified kernel micronutrients from the acceptable range of specification may occur requiring regular inspections to ensure that they are met and completed within the reasonable timeframe. small scale local millers do not necessarily have certifications.  Larger corporations may have permission to export and FDA certificate. Most milling companies are small-scale and privately owned with the exception of industrial ones that are located in the urban areas.

According to Grain and Feed Annual report publish by USDA Foreign Agricultural Network in 2019, there are 11,666 rice mills in Myanmar, 88 percent of them are small mills with low quality and aging machinery. Milling recovery rate for head rice and broken rice is reported at 66% with post used the milling rate as 64% based on their interviews with rice millers[1]. During April to early November 2018, Myanmar exported about 1.3 million MT of rice , worth over USD  440 million breaking a fifty-year record as Myanmar found new rice export markets. Myanmar earned USD 242 million from the export of 680,000 MT of rice and broken rice through the border trade and about USD 200 million from 600,000 MT via maritime trade during the same period.

Medium to large rice mills (40-100/+100 mt/day) are located in Yangon, Ayeyarwady and Bago. Smaller mills are located in Sagaing, Mandalay, Mon and Tanintharyi. These rice mills generally do not have the capacity to produce flour or blend products such as Corn Soya Blend (CSB).

For the small-scale milling companies, especially the ones operating in the rural areas, they still operate traditionally through direct purchase of rice from farmers based on arms-length negotiation. Some of the farmers also receive benefit by advancing some payment to cover their operational costs of planting rice and have a committed buyer that will purchase their paddy at market rate applicable during harvest season. This also benefits the miller by securing supplies from the farmers. Rice is then sold to the various local traders in larger urban areas.

Most rice suppliers are typically members of Myanmar Rice Mill Association. In a concerted effort to address any food insecurity issue, the companies, through Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) collectively support the government to meet the national rice requirements.

Source:

 The World Bank (publisher), Myanmar: Capitalizing on Rice Export Opportunities, Feb 2014, Date accessed: 15 Dec 2014.  https://eurocham-myanmar.org/uploads/47d38-agriculture-guide-2020.pdf

WFP Myanmar engages the service of United New Generation Co. Ltd. to produce Rice Soy Blend (RSB) in Myanmar. This company was known previously as Gold Power Co., Ltd.

For a more comprehensive information of companies that offer storage and milling services in Myanmar, please refer to 4.2.9 Myanmar Storage and Milling Company Contact List


[1] Extracted from Grain and Feed Annual report publish by USDA Foreign Agricultural Network in 2019


For details of the milling assessment, please see the following link: Myanmar Rice Mills Assessment.

For rice mill contact information, please see: 4.6 Myanmar Storage and Milling Company Contact List.

Gold Power Co., Ltd.

Gold Power company has been established in 2008. The Company produces cereal products for infants, including special formula such as RSB for the humanitarian sector. Their products are commonly found in the local market. The company also produces fortified kernel.

Company Name & Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

Gold Power Co., Ltd

No.220/241, Kanaung Min Thar Gye Road, Shwe Lin Ban Industrial Zone

Name: U Nsay Myo Hein / Daw Yee Yee Htwe. Title: Director. Email: stvchin.gpgroup@gmail.com, goldpower17@gmail.com.

Tel:+95-9-43055880. 9-5190927.

Facilities

Parking area inside compound m²

1250 m²

Drainage

(Good / Fair / Poor / Non Existent)

Good

Fire Fighting Equipment (Yes / No)

Yes

Number of Ventilators

6

Screened

Electricity Load (KVA)

315 KVA *2 Pcs

Backup Generator 

(Yes / No / KVA)

Yes  

375 ,250

KVA

Milling Equipment

Origin of Machinery

Year of Mfg

Year of Installation

Condition

China

2012

2012

Good

Maintenance

Duration (hours / week)

Every week (regular)

Hours ( as requirement planning)

Type of maintenance

Regular check

Planning

Other Equipment or Machinery Installed

Type of Equipment

Yes/No

Number

Owned

Comments

Fortification Feeder

Yes

2

Owned

 

Bag Cleaning Plant

No

 

 

 

Moisture Tester

Yes

1

Owned

 

De-stoning Plant

Yes

1

Owned

 

Metal Extractor

Yes

1

Owned

 

Staffing

Number of full time skilled workers

33

Number of full time labourers

64

Weighbridge

Number 

n/a

Capacity (mt)

Length (m)

Type

Within Compound

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building

 

Length (m)

Width (m)

Height (m)

Building – Wheat Mill

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building – Maize Mill

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building – RSB

76

38

10

Walls

In good state

Roof

In good state

Floor

In good state

Conditions & Cleanliness

  

Outside

Inside

Cracks in walls or roof (Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of rodent activity (Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of birds entry (Yes / No)

No

No

Damaged gutters/drains(Yes / No)

No

No

Signs of moisture (Yes / No)

No

No

Adjacent Vegetation(Yes / No)

None 

Uncut

Cleanliness (Good / Poor)

Good

Good

Pest Control

Fumigation

R Done?   - Every two weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Spraying 

R Done?   - Every  two weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Rodenticides 

R Done?   - Every two weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Rodent Trapping

R Done?   - Every  two  weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Security 

Security

(Good / Poor)

Good

Compound

(Fenced / Not Fenced)

Fenced

Other Comments

n/a

Access

Distance from main town (km)

5 km

Travel time if not located in town (hours)

15 hours

Road condition to Mill

Fair

Road limitation (if any)

Maximum Width and Max. Tonnage

None

Rail connections

(Yes / No)

No

Milling Capacity (Mt)

Commodities

Daily Capacity (mt)

Monthly Activity (mt)

RSB

7~8 mt

175~200 mt

Wheat

n/a

n/a

Maize

n/a

n/a

Storage Capacity

Storage in Metric Tonnes

Wheat – Covered (mt)

Flour – Covered (mt)

Within the Compound

80~90 MT

n/a

Outside the Compound

n/a

n/a

Capacity to Blend

Yes

Loading & Discharge Rates

n/a

Transport Capacity at Mill

No

 

UNITED NEW GENERATION CO, LTD

United New Generation Company has been established in 2008. The Company produces cereal products for infants, especially special formula such as RSB for the humanitarian sector.

Company Name & Address

Contact Names & Email

Telephone & Fax

United New Generation Co., Ltd

No.220/241, Kanaung Min Thar Gye Road, Shwe Lin Ban Industrial Zone

Name: Yee Yee Htwe
Title: General Manager

Email: goldpower17@gmail.com

Tel:+95-1-515129,515130

Fax:+95-1-539271

Facilities

Parking area inside compound m²

1250 m²

Drainage

(Good / Fair / Poor / Non Existent)

Good

Fire Fighting Equipment (Yes / No)

Yes

Number of Ventilators

6

Screened

Electricity Load (KVA)

315 KVA *2 Pcs

Backup Generator 

(Yes / No / KVA)

Yes  

375 ,250

KVA

Milling Equipment

Origin of Machinery

Year of Mfg

Year of Installation

Condition

China

2012

2012

Good

Maintenance

Duration (hours / week)

Every week (regular)

Hours ( as requirement planning)

Type of maintenance

Regular check

Planning

Other Equipment or Machinery Installed

Type of Equipment

Yes/No

Number

Owned

Fortification Feeder

Yes

2

owned

Bag Cleaning Plant

No

 

 

Moisture Tester

Yes

1

owned

De-stoning Plant

Yes

1

owned

Metal Extractor

Yes

1

owned

Staffing

Number of full time skilled workers

33

Number of full time labourers

64

Weighbridge

Number 

n/a

Capacity (mt)

Length (m)

Type

Within Compound

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building

 

Length (m)

Width (m)

Height (m)

Building – Wheat Mill

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building – Maize Mill

n/a

n/a

n/a

Building – RSB

76

38

10

Walls

In good state

Roof

In good state

Floor

In good state

Conditions & Cleanliness


  

Outside

Inside


Cracks in walls or roof (Yes / No)

No

No


Signs of rodent activity (Yes / No)

No

No


Signs of birds entry (Yes / No)

No

No


Damaged gutters/drains(Yes / No)

No

No


Signs of moisture (Yes / No)

No

No


Adjacent Vegetation(Yes / No)

None 

Uncut


Cleanliness (Good / Poor)

Good

Good


Pest Control

Fumigation

R Done?   - Every two weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Spraying 

R Done?   - Every  two weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Rodenticides 

R Done?   - Every two weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Rodent Trapping

R Done?   - Every  two  weeks, contract

Frequency

n/a 

Contracted

(Yes / No)

n/a 

Security 

Security (Good / Poor)

Good

Compound (Fenced / Not Fenced)

Fenced

Other Comments

n/a

Access

Distance from main town (km)

5 km

Travel time if not located in town (hours)

15 hours

Road condition to Mill

Fair

Road limitation (if any)

Maximum Width and Max. Tonnage

None

Rail connections

(Yes / No)

No

On the railway from

n/a 

to

n/a 

  •  Other Comments

Milling Capacity (Mt)

Commodities

Daily Capacity (mt)

Monthly Activity (mt)

RSB

7~8 mt

175~200 mt

Wheat

n/a

n/a

Maize

n/a

n/a

Storage Capacity

Storage in Metric Tonnes

Wheat – Covered (mt)

Flour – Covered (mt)

Within the Compound

80~90 MT

n/a

Outside the Compound

n/a

n/a

Capacity to Blend

  •  Yes

Loading & Discharge Rates

  •  n/a

Transport Capacity at Mill

  • No