Myan­mar re­turns con­fis­cated land to farm­ers

The Star Malaysia - - World -

YAN­GON: The Myan­mar gov­ern­ment has re­turned 1,997ha more of farm­land, con­fis­cated by the De­fence Min­istry, to 528 farm­ers in Kan­balu dis­trict, Sa­gaing re­gion. It marks the largest amount of land re­turned over the last two months, Myan­mar News Agency re­ported.

A cer­e­mony to re­turn the land to the farm­ers was held on Wednes­ day in Kan­balu, at­tended by Sec­ond Vice­Pres­i­dent U Henry Van Thio, who is also chair­man of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee for Scru­ti­n­is­ing Con­fis­cated Farm­lands.

Van Thio said the gov­ern­ment was work­ing to es­tab­lish con­tract farm­ing for farm­ers to grow, pack­age and trade their pro­duce.

By so do­ing, he said, farm­ers would no longer need to sell their land for money.

Myan­mar has been tak­ing mea­sures to re­turn seized land to farm­ers, the orig­i­nal own­ers.

Un­der the for­mer gov­ern­ment, pri­vate com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments could con­fis­cate land in ac­cor­dance with the 2012 Farm­land Law un­der the pre­text of ur­ban­i­sa­tion and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

But land dis­putes oc­curred be­tween the gov­ern­ment, landown­ers and in­vestors over own­er­ship.

Af­ter tak­ing of­fice in April 2016, the new gov­ern­ment voiced com­mit­ment to the speedy res­o­lu­tion of farm­land con­fis­ca­tion and prompt re­turn of aban­doned land to their law­ful own­ers. — Xin­hua

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