Myanmar: Maungdaw rice loses value in face of limited demand
RiceÂ prices in Maungdaw township, Rakhine State, have fallen thisÂ year, according to merchants andÂ residents from the region.
The changeÂ in price is due to decrease in demand. Bangladesh, which borders Myanmar, is having a decent yield this year and Yangon-based traders have decided to directly export rice to import rice from there. Hence the demand for Maungdaw rice has fallen, according to U Aung Myint Thein, chair of Maungdaw Border Trade Chamber of Commerce.
Border trade with Bangladesh is a big part of Maungdawâ€™s economy. TheÂ price of rise is not faring well because there isnâ€™t any demand within the area, U Han Soe, a local resident, commented.
The price of 50kg of medium-grade rice was over K30,000 during the lastÂ rainy season. Currently, it is only Â slightly over K20,000, representing a dropÂ of 30 percent of the price. Likewise, the lower-quality rice cost, which was over K25,000 during the last rain season, has dropped to K15,000, according to the local merchants.Â
The lack of stability in the region,Â coupled with poor transport Â infrastr-ucture, has made it difficult for tradersÂ to sell rice from Maungdaw and other regions, businesses suggested.