Maungdaw, Arakan State: The prices of essential items including rice, onions, vegetables and fish have been increased in kitchen markets in Maungdaw Townships, Nuru (not real name), a trader from Maungdaw said.
“Suddenly, the prices of essential commodities have been increased and skyrocketed in Maungdaw since 1st December 2013.”
When a local villager Farid (not real name) from the area (Aley Than Kyaw) paid a visit to the market on December 7, he found that a bag of rice is being sold at 18,000 Kyat while it was sold 14,000 Kyat per 50 kilogram bag in November, but a bag of normal rice is being sold at 13,000 to 15,000 Kyat per bag, it was sold at 12,000 Kyat in last month.
The villager also said that a kilo of dried chili is being sold at 2,500 Kyat, it was sold at 1,800 Kyat before, a kilo of onion is being sold at 1,500 Kyat , it was sold at 1,200 Kyat and a kilo of fish is being sold at 2,000 to 3,000 Kyat , it was sold at 1,000 to 1,500 Kyat in November 2013, but others goods are going on normally.
The prices of fish have also been increased in the Maungdaw Townships because the fishing boats in Maungdaw south have been blocked by the concerned authority without giving any reason since 1st December 2013, a local fisherman Salim (not real name) said.
According to Maungdaw sources, the prices of rice and onions have suddenly been increased in the local markets because the rice and onion are being exported to Bangladesh from Arakan State.
On November 23, at about 175 metric tons of rice were exported to Bangladesh from Maungdaw, Arakan State, through the transit point of Teknaf land port, sources said.
Hasan, a local trader from Teknaf confirmed the report and told the Kaladan Press Network that the rice was exported to Bangladesh by the businessmen of Bismillah Enterprise and Sayed Enterprise in Tekanf land port.
In order to keep the prices of essentials within the reach of the common people, the Burmese government has not taken any step to stop the skyrocketing prices of the essentials, said a local elder from Maungdaw.