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            Marubeni to Make Animal Feed Rice in Myanmar


Tokyo, Dec. 25 (Jiji Press)--Marubeni Corp. has agreed with the Myanmar
government to jointly produce rice for livestock feed in the country,
company officials said Wednesday.

The major trading firm, together with Myanmar's Ministry of Agriculture 
and Forests, will set up a joint venture there in the spring of 1997 to 
propel the project.

Marubeni will put up the majority of the new company's capital, which is 
expected to total around 1.5 million dollars. Using the seeds and 
technical skills developed by an Indian company which is in a business 
tie-up with Marubeni, the joint venture will aim to produce 3 million 
tons of livestock feed rice annually in the future, according to company 

Marubeni's move came in response to growing demand for livestock grain in 
line with a rise in meat consumption, the officials said.

The company will export the products to Asian countries from the year 
2000, and plans an annual output of 150,000 tons in the year 2004, they