• Short Summary

    Despite greater government control of supply and distribution, speculation and hoarding of rice has been rampant in Saigon, capital of South Vietnam.

  • Description

    Despite greater government control of supply and distribution, speculation and hoarding of rice has been rampant in Saigon, capital of South Vietnam. President Thieu has said that any shortages are due to rice falling into communist hands.

    Peasants have been bringing in the rice harvest which is expected to be about 3 1/2 million tons. This falls around half a million tons short of the country's needs. The United States has undertaken to make up most of this short-fall.

    Princes have shot up, although the government has taken a much more direct role in rice distribution and, in Saigon, exercises total control of rice sales. But has not prevented black market speculators selling to housewives who want to hoard rice against possible shortages.

    The rice supply has become a major political issue. The government has blamed the recant fighting in the Mekong Delta, the country's rice bowl, on communist attempts to seize the rice supply. There have even been reports that communist agents are buying rice at high prices and then reselling it for much less, in the hope that they will gain political support.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJ90XNK6ZTV9N2VNAUTKEUOBG
    Media URN:
    VLVAJ90XNK6ZTV9N2VNAUTKEUOBG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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