Advance Money for Rice oh yes, for Exploitation too
Sittwe, 4 September 02: The Burmese junta has started to distribute advance money for future “rice purchase” from rice farmers beginning the first week of last month, according to sources in the administration who declined to identify.
The advance money has been distributed across the seventeen townships of
For the coming 2002 2003 dry season when the collection drive will be conducted, the Burmese junta officials have set the target of the amount of rice to be collected at ten tinns (1 tinn = 2.5 baskets or 30kgs) for each acre of rice paddy. The amount of money advanced is kyat 225 for each tinn, while the present price of the same in the market is kyat 1,300. A target of a total of 7.3 million tinn of rice has been set for collection this year from
According to a farmer from
A rice farmer in the area told Narinjara that, though the money so received at the difficult months during the monsoons is badly needed, the amount of advance money from the Burmese junta, and the price fixed for the future harvest of rice that will be forcefully collected are both reminiscent of the practice of extortion by Indian Chettiya moneylenders during the British rule in Burma. Even under Burmese Socialism of Ne Win the farmers were compelled to sale their rice harvest at throwaway prices to the state.