The Ayeyarwady Region is situated in the delta region of the Ayeyarwady River. It is bordered by the Rakhine State to the northwest, the Bago Region to the north, Bago Region and Yangon Region to the east, and the Bay of Bengal to the south and west.
The fisheries industry plays a crucial role in the Ayeyarwady Region. In addition to rice, other crops include maize, sesame, groundnut, sunflower, beans, pulses, and jute. However, the fisheries industry stands out with its production of fish, prawn, fish-paste, dry fish, dry prawn, and fish sauce.
The private fish farm in Ayeyawaddy got installed the most recent technology serving the farm purposes. With 900 acres, the current plans of the farm is to produce up to 100 tonnes per acres with the provided equipment.
“It’s the Global Earth Public Co., Ltd. operating this modern striped catfish farming. It can said be as the largest farming station in Southeast Asia because a hatchery, fish farms, feed factory, cold storage and processing factories and staffing housing are included. And also,fish food factories are under construction. To produce value added seafood products from all parts of the fish, we need about 30 megawatts of electricity.” According to Deputy Director, San Win, Fisheries Department (Ayeyawaddy).
With that being said, local breeders prefer Rohuwhich can be planted around 1,400 to 1,500 per acre while the Striped catfishfor around 3,000 to 4,000 per acre. However, there are also disadvantages in striped catfish farming such as having strong odor, oily and having pink fillets which are not preferred by the international market.
“The striped catfish farming ponds are 24 feet deep and normally, we add around 3,000 or 4,000 striped catfishes per acre. Every day, we change the 20percent of water from the ponds. Currently, the catfish does not fetch good price in the market.” San Win added.
The Ayeyawaddy Fish Farm is a shining example of Southeast Asia’s robust and thriving fisheries industry. Its location in the fertile Ayeyarwady Region, coupled with the region’s rich biodiversity, makes it a significant player in the industry. As the largest fish farming station in Southeast Asia, the Ayeyawaddy Fish Farm continues to contribute to the region’s economy and the global fisheries industry.