Farmers demand return of golf course land
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
Magwe farmers sent a letter to the chief minister on September 6.