Paddy profits eaten up by middlemen merchants

Written by KNG
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:36
This rice harvesting season, the Burmese ruling junta is buying paddy at a fixed-price higher than last year but farmers in Burma’s northern Kachin state do not stand to benefit, said local sources.

The reason is that the junta is not buying paddy directly from farmers in Mohnyin, Namma, Hopin and Mogaung townships, where most people cultivate paddy, unlike last year. It is buying paddy from paddy merchants, said farmers’ sources in Mohnyin.


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