Rice millers urge gov’t to prevent illegal paddy exports to China

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Farmers work as they harvest paddy at a village in Kangyidauk, Ayeyawady. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Rice millers from the Yangon and Mandalay regions have submitted a complaint to the concerned ministries regarding illegal paddy exporters to China, according to a report in City News yesterday.
China does not allow some agro products, including rice, to be imported through its border gates. When rice exports exceed the quota set by China, the tax rate is exorbitantly high, leading to illegal rice trade. The state also loses revenue as a result of illegal trade, an official from the Mandalay Region Rice Millers Association told City News. Traders say only genetic paddy is being exported for cultivation. However, it was found that they were exporting a huge volume to China.
Chinese merchants visit the Mandalay Region and buy the paddy in bulk. This kind of trade started from last summer’s crop season.
The direct export of paddy without milling is hurting the rice millers. Such trade can also indirectly affect the feed-processing businesses.
There are some 1,100 rice millers in the Mandalay region.

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