MORE THAN 60% OF THE TARGET OF THE
PURCHASE OF RICE BY THE JUNTA COMPLETED IN RAKHINE STATE
Sittwe, 12th February 02: More than sixty percent of the
target of forced purchase of rice from Rakhine State
by the State Peace and Development Council junta of Myanmar has been completed,
according to an unnamed senior manager from the State Agricultural Marketing
Department who told it to our correspondent.
The junta have
issued new orders for forcing the rice growers of Rakhine State
to sell more rice than the regime's 2001
2002 purchase target. During the present rice season (November
March), a total of 61.47% (157,400 tonnes) against
the target (256,000 tonnes) of the purchase of rice
has been realized from seventeen townships of Rakhine
State, the western member of Myanmar till the 31st of January this year.
Two of the seventeen townships in the south of the state, Thandwe and Goa
have been reported to have fulfilled the target set by the SPDC junta for this
season. A total of 11,200 tonnes of rice was
realized from Thandwe township,
while a total of 4,800 tonnes was realized from Goa township. The local township
and village tract authorities have been directed afresh to realize rice in
excess of the target already met.
In the other
townships strong directives have been issued to realize the full quota of the
SPDC target and also to purchase rice in excess of the target set for this
season, it was learnt. The move has caused sharp increase of the price of
rice even during this harvest season. The market price of a tonne of rice in the open market is kyat 23,450 while the
junta pays kyat 9,375 for the same. Such exploitation and the repeated
forced purchase of rice at a deliberately suppressed price by the SPDC junta
every year has rendered the rice growers of Rakhine State
the most neglected and deprived, and the system
remains a major cause of wide-scale poverty and a source of woe in the region.
Rakhine is one of the three regions in Myanmar
where rice is the chief produce. #
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