A safety project for the food and beverage industry was introduced on May 29 at Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon with the funded support of the EU to engage businesses and stakeholders in improving food hygiene and production standards.
The four-year project named Tha Bar Wa is jointly organised by WWF Myanmar, Myanmar Food Processors & Exporters Association (MFPEA), and the Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC).
This project is aimed at enabling SMEs in this industry to apply proper, cleaner practices in producing goods and providing financial and technological support. Food and beverage companies in different sectors, government ministries, local advisors, experts and local banks are in cooperation for the project.
“Many local SMEs have neither technology nor knowledge about proper practices in conformity with the natural environment in their business operation front. Therefore, their learning and practicing of new methods will be helpful to save the natural environment,” said U Sein Thaung Oo, vice president of MFPEA.
In the project, there will be a training programme about cleaner practices in producing goods which is a definitive step of the environmental management programme.
In Myanmar, the food and beverage industry makes up 60 percent of all businesses.
There are 27,113 factories producing food and beverages in the country. According to WWF Myanmar, some 2,856 companies are in the operation of heavy production, 4,677 in midrange production and 19,580 in light production.