FORCED COLLECTION OF RICE IN MYANMAR
Sittwe, 21st February 02 : The total ' forced purchase' of rice from the rice growers of the south-western state of Myanmar till the first week of February 02 is about 156,500 tonnes, according to an official from the State Agricultural Department.
According to the official statistics, a total of 2,974.08 tonnes of rice was collected from Sittwe township, 26,926.65 tonnes from Mrauk-u township, 16,641.28 tonnes from Kyauk-taw township, 16,564.67 tonnes from Minn-bya township, 12,636.93 tonnes from Pauktaw township, 3,653.99 tonnes from Mye-bon township, 9,595.17 tonnes from Ponnagyun township, 8,869.48 tonnes from Rathedaung township, 11,573.18 tonnes from Maungdaw township, 7,908.39 tonnes from Buthidaung township, 11,200 tonnes from Thandway (Sandoway) township, 4,800 tonnes from Gwa township, 10,630.4 tonnes from Taunggup township, 4,112.64 tonnes from Kyaukpru township, 3,759.46 tonnes from Rambrey township, 2,809.22 tonnes from Man-aung township, and 1,834.63 from Ann township.
This year's primary target of rice collection is 260,000 metric tonnes. "The junta is set to collect more rice from the rice growers," said a manager from the Agricultural Department. Meanwhile, the farmers are reluctant to sell the rice to the SPDC junta officials as the price of 3.2 tonne (tinn 100) of rice is kyat 120,000 at Maungdaw and kyat 87,500 at Buthidaung as of the first week of February this year. The junta officials who come with members of the armed forces for forcibly 'purchasing' rice, pay the growers kyat 30,000 for the same amount which price merely covers the production cost. When selling at the Maungdaw Myoma Rice sales centre, the junta gets a price of kyat 141,180 in
There are reports of forcible collection of rice from door to door in the villages all over