14 May 2020 - Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar
A state-owned pontoon jetty will be constructed in Kawthoung district in order to inspect the fisheries products onboard the ships and also to load and unload the fish from the fishing vessels. A Free on Board (FOB) pontoon jetty is being constructed in the fisheries business zone in Shwehintha Ward in Kawthoung Town commencing from the first week of May 2020. Upon completion of the pontoon jetty, the team can inspect the fishing boats in a shorter period in order to export high-quality fisheries products to Thailand fish market. Kawthoung is earning foreign currency for the country by selling the fisheries products annually. Previously, the township did not have a jetty to load and unload the fishery products and inspect the state-owned fisheries products. So, the state-owned fishing vessels were docked at the private pontoon jetties to be able to receive an inspection. This year, the jetty is being constructed by the Bridge Department under the Ministry of Construction with spending of K 1 billion from the regional government's allocated fund. The jetty is targeted to complete in September.
Kawthoung exports more than 1,000 tonnes of fish in 31 fishing vessels daily, earning US$0.895 million, said Deputy Director U Thant Zin of Kawthoung District Fisheries Department. Upon completion of the project, Kawthoung can export better quality products and earn more foreign currency. It can also create job opportunities for the farmers engaged in manageable scale fishing. —Kyaw Soe (Kawthoung) (Translated by Hay Mar)