Commodity prices return to normal in Putao

Tun Lin Aung (Myitkyina)


Myitkyina – Commodity prices in some areas of Putao are returned to normal as trucks loaded with goods are arrived in the area.

“The trucks loaded with food and goods arrived in Putao on March 11. The price of an edible oil bottle went down from K 10,000 to K 1,500. Other prices are also gone down slowly. We don’t want that happened again. We want peace. We are worried that some skirmishes still occurred in Myitkyina-Putao-Sumprabum road. The road is not safe in rainy season,” said Jan Jone Sar, member of Rawang literature and culture group from Putao.

Commodity prices are not gone down in Sumprabum making government employees difficult as army trucks are still not arrived there till afternoon of March 12.

A government employee from Sumprabum said, “The trucks with army column went to Putao and commodity prices are very high here. The price of a bottle of edible oil is K 4,000 and one viss of onion is K 5,000. One viss of tomato is K 4,000. The state government sells rice with the price of K 1,200 per bushel. The high price makes more difficult for the government employees. Sellers with motorcycles cannot come as the army check-points asked for recommendation letters.”

The work to build K 37 billion worth Myitkyina-Putao union road are stopped as Kachin Independence Army (KIA) attacked with mines and made barriers with burning cars on the road on February 28 and 30 respectively.

An urgent proposal to repair Myitkyina-Putao-Sumprabum road, which was destroyed by the KIA, was submitted at Kachin State parliament on February 7.

Negotiations between military officers from Northern Command, Kachin State government, the KIO/KIA are held through peace negotiators in the mean time and their last meeting was held on February 21.

The state government sent 560 bags of rice, 100 visses of edible oil and other dry food to Putao district on February 28 and March 1. There are six townships in the district and a total of 91,257 people are living in the district, according to 2014 household census. It is one of the districts which faced the highest under one-year old child dead rate in Myanmar as transportation is difficult and development is low.