Narinjara News


Coxís Bazar, January 27


2000 bags of urea seized by Bangladeshi navy


On January 20, the Bangladeshi navy ship, SR Amin, seized 2000 bags of urea fertilizer worth about 3 million Taka (45 million Burmese Kyat) from a smuggling boat near Burmaís water, said an official report.


8 crew members were also arrested with the boat MB Mayer Doa, near  St. Martin's Island, (or Shin Ma Pyu), which is situated at the mouth of the Naff River between Burma and Bangladesh.


The fertilizers were expected to be exported to Burma by a smuggling syndicate of Bangladesh that had collaborated with several Burmese businessmen.


The navy seized the fertilizer during routine anti-smuggling and anti-piracy duties in the costal area near Burmaís water.


Burma now illegally imports fertilizers made in Bangladesh in order to fulfill the domestic shortage of fertilizers, said a businessman from Taknef, a border town of Bangladesh.


Burmese farmers have depended on the smuggled fertilizers from Bangladesh for many decades since the government can not satisfy the farmerís demand of fertilizers.


Last November Bangladeshi Navy personnel seized 23,530 bags of fertilizer, worth about 280 million Taka from 5 mechanized boats in a similar anti smuggling bust. #



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