Indiscriminate export of rice causes hunger in western
To ease a famine-like condition in Sittwe, the capital of
From early in the morning the people would be seen lining up for buying the share of the rice. “Though we are receiving the rice at a controlled price the people living in the rural areas are not as lucky. There is no rationing system or subsidized selling in the villages and small townships far away,” she further said.
Many people allege that the ruling junta is squarely to be blamed for the situation: the junta imposed a ban on transportation of rice from
“Though Rakhine State is the third largest producer of rice among the fourteen states and divisions of Burma, for the last couple of years we have been facing the same problem of food scarcity and a silent famine in the state due to the wholesale and forced purchase of rice by the central military regime and indiscriminate smuggling out of the rice by the members of the military intelligence, army, navy and the top junta officials in connivance with the local big smugglers,” a prominent political leader of the Arakan League for Democracy said.
For the last one month the military regime has allowed a private company, Innbawkwa, to bring rice from
On the other hand the western border