Sunday, 31 May 2020

Buthidaung, Arakan State: Burma’s border Security Force--- has been forcibly purchasing paddy from the farmers through their agents at low prices, said a trader of the locality.

The Nasaka Area No. (9) has been using two Nasaka agents namely Ayub (40), son of Kamal and Abdu Samat (55) to buy paddy from farmers of Buthidaung northern side.  Both Nasaka agents belong to Paungdaw Pyin Village in Buthidaung Township .

They (agents) were paid by Nasaka (Burma's Border Security Force) in advance for buying paddy from local farmers at a fixed price, which is decided by the Nasaka to monopolize the farmers. The Nasaka gives kyat 120,000 to 130,000 per 100 Taungs (One Taung =13 kg) while 100 Taungs is being sold in the open market for kyat 150,000 to 160,000, said villagers.

Local farmers don't wish to sell paddy to the Nasaka agents at low prices, but afraid of being punished farmers sell to them.

Now the harvest season is on for farmers, so the Nasaka is eager to buy paddy from farmers at cheap rates for their ration.

Earlier, the ruling junta declared that they would not buy paddy from the farmers. But, now, they have broken their promise.

This year, paddy yield has been less because of bad weather and frequent flooding. At harvest time, a kilogram of rice is being sold for kyat 500 in Buthidaung Township, according to farmers.