RICE FOR FAMINE-HIT
Ann, 6 October: To meet the urgent demand of rice in western
The price of a bag of rice recorded sharp increase from kyat 7,000 to 14,500 in a month - a most unlikely thing to happen in a Burmese provincial state that produces surplus rice every year.
At Ann, at the foothills of the Roma Ranges, where there is Nasaka security checkpoint No. 25, on the Sittwe - Rangoon road, large convoys of rice-carrying trucks from Burma proper are seen to cross the gate everyday.
The present famine-like condition in
"We were expecting a famine to creep in since the ruling Burmese junta won't budge and allow items of food to come to our state, though they were taking away our items of food including rice in huge quantities," an official of a private company on condition of anonymity said, "this is pure exploitation. The present famine is artificially created by the junta."
According to a shift-in-charge at the Ann Nasaka Gate 25, there were 7,540 bags of rice on thirty-four trucks heading for Sittwe from
"The junta has been compelled to allow transportation of rice into
Last year there was looting of rice in