Farmers accused of falsifying land tenure documents

Some farmers in central Myanmar have been accused of falsifying land tenure documents to receive more agricultural loans, according to U Win Myint, a manager at the Agriculture Development in Mandalay Region.

Agricultural loans are extended to farmers according to the type of land they hold. More loans are granted to rice paddy fields than to fields of other crops such as pulses, beans and sesame. As a result, some farmers who grow crops other than rice paddies try to get more loans by falsifying their land tenure documents by stating their land is used as rice paddy fields instead of other crops.

“We have found four farmers who falsified documents. It is an offence liable to be charged, but we are just informing them of the consequences of what they have done,” the bank manager said. “If they take out loans for a rice paddy, they must grow it. They can’t grow other crops”.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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