Taninthayi government to confiscate over 300,000 acres of land

Taninthayi region government will confiscate over 300,000 acres of fallow and virgin land, it is learnt.

The Regional government have scrutinised and found 374,743.86 acres of land uncultivated. The forestry department has already confiscated 364,870.63 acres out of 374,743.86 acres of unused land. The regional government will receive the land confiscated by the forestry department, said U Myint Maung, Minister of Regional Resources and Environmental Conservation on 27 September at the Regional Hluttaw meeting.

“Our regional government is planning to confiscate fallow and virgin land in order to allow local people to cultivate this land on a manageable scale, to provide loans to the private companies for implementation of agriculture projects and to create more job opportunities for the locals”, said U Myint Maung.

The regional government granted a total of 51,474.15 acres of land to cultivate palm oil, rubber, perennial crops and hardwood plants from 2009 to 2016. But the regional government found only 140,030.29 acres of land have been planted while 374743.86 acres remained uncultivated.

The regional government will carry out onsite visits and if they find unused land, they will submit those cases to the Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation (Nay Pyi Taw).

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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