Rakhine har­vest to be re­turned to own­ers

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - THOMP­SON CHAU t.chau@mm­times.com

The har­vest in north­ern Rakhine will be re­turned to its own­ers, ac­cord­ing to the Union En­ter­prise for Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance, Resettlement and De­vel­op­ment.

THE har­vest in north­ern Rakhine will be re­turned to their own­ers, ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee which is headed by State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to help bring peace and de­vel­op­ment to the re­gion.

The Union En­ter­prise for Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance, Resettlement, and De­vel­op­ment in Rakhine (UEHRD) re­leased a state­ment yes­ter­day say­ing that the paddy “har­vested will be re­turned to the orig­i­nal own­ers either in cash or in the form of paddy.”

“It has been no­ticed that there had been some con­fu­sion among the peo­ple and cer­tain in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions about what is go­ing to hap­pen to the paddy once it has been har­vested by gov­ern­ment per­son­nel in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies un­der the aus­pices of the UEHRD.

“In this re­gard it has been learnt from the Min­istry of the Of­fice of the State Coun­sel­lor, that the paddy that has been har­vested will be re­turned to the orig­i­nal own­ers, either in cash or in the form of paddy,” the state­ment from the UEHRD in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fice read.

The of­fice added that the ar­range­ment is fea­si­ble be­cause the har­vested rice has been sys­tem­at­i­cally recorded with the in­for­ma­tion such as the owner’s name, plot num­ber, the quan­tity etc - be­fore be­ing bagged and stored in des­ig­nated stor­age ar­eas.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity of record­ing the in­for­ma­tion rests with em­ploy­ees from the Agri­cul­ture Mech­a­ni­sa­tion Depart­ment (AMD), ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. The AMD staff mem­bers from Man­dalay and Sa­gaing re­gions have been brought in or­der to sup­port the lo­cal AMD staff to im­ple­ment this task.

The clar­i­fi­ca­tion came fol­low­ing re­marks from the Rakhine gov­ern­ment.

In an in­ter­view up­loaded on the web­site of the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion, Rakhine Chief Min­is­ter U Nyi Pu said that sales from Maung­daw paddy will be kept as na­tional bud­get.

“We don’t want the pad­dies to go to waste so we are do­ing our ut­most to quickly reap them and plus this can con­trib­ute

‘… money from the sales of the pad­dies will be de­posited in a bank ac­count as part of the na­tional bud­get.’

U Nyi Pu Rakhine Chief Min­is­ter

to the na­tional bud­get as well. The money that we re­ceive from sales of these crops will be used in this state’s de­vel­op­ment. The Union Gov­ern­ment wants us to quickly sell the pad­dies af­ter they have been reaped so we don’t have plans to store them for a long pe­riod,” U Nyi Pu stated in the in­ter­view.

He added that the state gov­ern­ment had al­ready made ne­go­ti­a­tions with a lo­cal buyer, who would pur­chase all the pad­dies pro­duced from the area.

“We have al­ready signed a con­tract with him ... We are cur­rently reap­ing the pad­dies in Yathedaung and south­ern Maung­daw, and we will even­tu­ally head to­wards Buthi­daung.

“As per the con­tract, money from the sales of the pad­dies will be de­posited in a bank ac­count as part of the na­tional bud­get. As to how the money will be utilised will de­pend on the poli­cies and guide­lines the Union Gov­ern­ment puts for­ward,” the chief min­is­ter went on.

There are over 70,000 acres of paddy fields in Maung­daw which will pro­duce about 2 mil­lion bas­kets (81,769 tonnes) of paddy, he es­ti­mated.

RFA Myan­mar cited Rakhine State gov­ern­ment and said that, among the 70,000 acres, 30,000 acres are “own­er­less” in the area.

This fig­ure is at odds with the es­ti­ma­tion by U Kyaw Lwin, Rakhine State Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Live­stock, Forestry and Min­ing, who said there were 45,000 acres of “own­er­less Ben­gali land” in the vicin­ity.

The Rakhine State gov­ern­ment has made a con­tract with pri­vate com­pa­nies to sell paddy at US$2.65 per 16 bas­kets, ac­cord­ing to RFA Myan­mar.

UEHRD back­ground Amid in­ter­na­tional pres­sure on the Rakhine is­sue, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s gov­ern­ment formed the UEHRD on Oc­to­ber 17 as mech­a­nisms to fa­cil­i­tate repa­tri­a­tion and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, resettlement and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and to jump-start wide­spread aid and spur eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment with the aim of achiev­ing peace.

Nine work­ing com­mit­tees were formed un­der the UEHRD with busi­nesses from the Union of Myan­mar Fed­er­a­tion of Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­tries (UMFCCI). The com­mit­tees will help im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives to help re­ha­bil­i­tate nine se­lected sec­tors of the Rakhine State econ­omy, in­clud­ing Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone de­vel­op­ment, con­struc­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, agri­cul­ture and live­stock breed­ing, in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic re­la­tions, job cre­ation and vo­ca­tional train­ings, health­care, fund rais­ing and tourism pro­mo­tion.

Photo: EPA

Myan­mar bor­der guard po­lice of­fi­cers pa­trol the beach near makeshift camp at the Myan­mar-Bangladesh bor­der near Maung­daw, Rakhine State, on Novem­ber 12.

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