Rice Price goes up in
Maungdaw, 4 November 02: The price of rice, the staple food of
Many of the travellers who can cross
the border to the nearby Bangladeshi town of
The BDR, Bangladeshi border security forces, also allow the Burmese tourists to carry small amounts of rice on humanitarian ground, it is understood. The price of a bag of rice in Teknaf is about kyat 12,600 which is equal to taka 700. Previously the price of rice in Teknaf was about taka 550, which shot up to taka 700 as the Burmese rice no more gets smuggled into the country.
The poorer section of the people in Maungdaw have now to eat the sticky rice gruel as the bag of sticky rice is selling at kyat 12,500 in the open market.
As there is a scarcity of rice in
the area, farmers are forced by the Burmese military junta officials to harvest
even the hardly ripe rice from the fields to meet the acute rice shortage. Every day only 200 bags of rice are brought
in by the junta officials for the consumption of the army personnel in the area. There is no quota of rice for the civilian
population in the two townships bordering with