Farm­ers de­mand re­turn of golf course land

The Myanmar Times - - News - NAY AUNG nayaung@mm­times.com

FARM­ERS in Magwe Re­gion’s Minbu town­ship are de­mand­ing back 200 acres they al­lege was taken from them in 1994.

A group of farm­ers sent let­ters to the Magwe Re­gion chief min­is­ter and var­i­ous gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials on Septem­ber 6 of­fi­cially fil­ing a com­plaint about the land grab.

About 200 acres was taken from the farm­ers for the con­struc­tion of Nan­mada golf course and they hope to see it re­turned un­der the new gov­ern­ment, said U Aung Tin Thein, who is lead­ing the charge.

In ad­di­tion to the chief min­is­ter, the re­quest let­ter was sent to Magwe’s Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ir­ri­ga­tionas well as re­gional hlut­taw rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The course is lo­cated on land now owned by Mann Oil Field, a gov­ern­ment com­pany.

“On March 13, Mann Oil Field had re­ported to Myanma Oil and Gas En­ter­prise that the com­pen­sa­tion is­sues could be put in the bud­get next year,” Minbu town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tor U Thein Zaw said. “The re­quest has not yet been replied to.”

There have been more than 400,000 acres of farm­lands con­fis­cated in Magwe Re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the Magwe’s Farm­ers Union.

– Trans­la­tion by San Layy

Photo: Nay Aung

Magwe farm­ers sent a let­ter to the chief min­is­ter on Septem­ber 6.

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