RICE PRICE SHOT UP AS JUNTA CLOSES DOWN PRIVATE RICE MILLS
Sittwe, 19th February 02 : The price of rice, the staple food of the people of Myanmar, recently shot up sharply in the south-western state of Myanmar due to forced shut-down of all privately owned rice mills, our correspondent writes.
In a bid to realize the target of rice purchase in the 2001 2002 rice season, the State Peace and Development Council junta of
According to a rice merchant from Mrauk U, because of the junta-adopted measures there is an artificial shortage in supply of rice in the open market already. The rice growers also could not maintain their usual annual rice stock as the junta resorted to collecting rice from the growers by applying the force of its troops. With the passing of days the situation is aggravating since there is no government supply of rice in co-operative shops or through rationing in the towns for the consumption of the general public as before.
Meanwhile the private rice mill owners are milling rice by bribing the local Military Intelligence agents in the interior hard to reach areas of