Farm­ers can ap­ply for 50 acres of land

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - YEE YWEL MYINT yiy­we­myint@mm­times.com PHOTO: KAUNG HTET

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.

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