BURMA, Rangoon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is expanding activities and services in Burma with the opening of a new Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon.
“The opening of the FAS office in Burma is a part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen the partnership between our two countries through increased trade and investment,” said FAS Administrator Phil Karsting. USDA supports inclusive economic growth that helps Burma further integrate into the global economy.
With a new presence in Rangoon, FAS now has a network of 94 offices at U.S. Embassies and diplomatic missions around the world, covering 171 countries. The FAS network helps build international markets and facilitate exports of U.S. food and agricultural products and FAS also leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries strengthen their food and agricultural systems, establishing a foundation for future trading opportunities.
The past seven years have represented the strongest period in history for American agricultural exports, with international sales of U.S. farm and food products totaling $911.4 bn. between fiscal years 2009 and 2015.