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April 01, 2020

MRPTA ensures regular supply to maintain rice price in markets

Myanmar Rice & Paddy Traders Association (MRPTA) has made arrangements to ensure the arrival of 100,000 rice bags per day at the markets because people are buying many more rice bags than usual panicked by Covid-19, the MRPTA informed on 25 March.
Also, MRPTA has announced that people can complain of those who are selling the rice at a much higher price. MRPTA has found people worried about the Covid-19 pandemic starting to outbreak and spread across the country.
As a consequence, the groceries are highly demanded because people are panic buying and stockpiling staple food such as rice, oil, and salt, etc. Some self-interest seekers are taking advantage of this situation and selling the foodstuffs at much higher prices. We have also received some complaints from the consumers that the rice retailers and wholesalers are selling rice at an exorbitant price.
MRPTA has already urged their association’s members, the rice traders in Yangon and the rice traders from other regions not to sell the rice at a higher price.
Although MRPTA is selling the rice in Wahdon/ Bayintnaung wholesale markets, which are crowded places, MRPTA has also opened the shops to sell the rice daily except (Saturdays, Sundays and the public holidays). And the shops are briefed on health awareness like cleansing to keep a healthy environment.
Around 50,000 rice bags are entering daily from Ayeyarwady, Bago and Yangon regions and also from other townships. Moreover, MRPTA is making arrangements to ensure the arrival of around 70,000-100,000 rice bags per day in such a time of high demand.—Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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