Farmers can apply for 50 acres of land
FARMERS and small-scale growers in some townships of Yangon Region could be granted up to 50 acres if they apply for vacant virgin alluvial land, Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe said in a regional parliamentary session.
Regional MP U Thein Zaw Latt said four villages were swept away in Kayan township due to coastal erosion, and as the original location of the villages have now become alluvial land, the locals need to have their lands redistributed.
“Currently, alluvial lands have emerged at the location of the villages which had its land eroded in the past. As vacant and virgin lands, more than 5200 acres of farm land can be farmed,” said U Thein Zaw Latt.
Currently, Yangon regional government has allocated 2300 acres at Mottama Gulf for mangrove forest replanting. Although the villages caught up in the bank erosion were not officially permitted, they are using the land for their convenience, he said.
The four villages caught up in the bank erosion, Yaykyaw, Bokalay, Kankyaung and Sinkyun of Kayan township, have been resettled in other places, said U Maung Maung Soe.
“Some alluvial land emerged in four villages that were destroyed by erosion in 2016-17. It is estimated at about 5200 acres, but as those lands are not hard enough, we haven’t measured it with a survey team yet,” the mayor said.
Therefore, the exact acreage of new alluvial land cannot be disclosed yet, he said.
Among the alluvial land, 2300 acres in Kayan township were planned to be set aside as external mangrove forest by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation starting in 2017.
Local officials of the forestry, administrative and agriculture departments conducted ground surveys for alluvial lands in Kayan on May 6. As those lands are under the management of the government, they will seek the guidance of the Union government, U Maung Maung Soe said.