Withered leaves: the jailing of Myanmar’s hemp pioneers

A scheme to pioneer hemp cultivation in Myanmar resulted in a police raid, three arrests and an ongoing trial, despite being green-lit by the Mandalay Region government. AS WE ENTERED the compound of the family home in Myotha West village, we encountered a middle-aged man reading out loud from the Paṭṭhāna, a Buddhist scripture. A […]

Court indicts American, two locals in Mandalay cannabis farm case

A Mandalay Region court has indicted an American man and two local workers accused of growing marijuana on an industrial farm where they were supposed to be growing hemp. The court in central Mandalay charged John Frederic Todoroki with violating five sections of the country’s drugs and narcotics law covering possession, sale and trafficking of […]

Four More US Citizens Wanted in Connection with Mandalay Marijuana Plantation

The police have added four more US citizens to the wanted list for having played a role in the marijuana plantation in Myotha Industrial Park, Mandalay Region. According to the lawyers of the three detainees facing trial under the Anti-Narcotic Law for their ties to the plantation, the police presented the names of the four […]

Businesses positive over growth prospects

Mandalay is poised to become the second-largest hub for growth after Yangon, the city’s chief minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung said at the Mandalay Business Forum held over the weekend. Dr Zaw Myint Maung highlighted the region’s vast, unoccupied land, which is ripe for investments and assured investors of looser regulations that will enable them […]

Local businesses propose to establish industrial zone in central Myanmar

YANGON, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) — Local businesses will submit a proposal to the regional government in Myanmar’s central Magway to establish an industrial zone there, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday. The industrial zone was proposed to be located far from the residential area as the noise, odor and air pollution from […]

Waiting for Godot: farmers seek return of seized land

Farmers in Myanmar are still waiting for justice as many of their lands were confiscated by government officials, military personnel, authorities and their cronies for various reasons, a new report from New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed. The NGO launched the report “Nothing for Our Land: Impacts of Land Confiscation on Farmers in Myanmar” […]

Dutch De Heus sets up $16m feed plant in Myotha

Animal feed firm De Heus announced the launch of its second production site in Myanmar on Tuesday, taking the overall investment in the country to more than US$30 million. This feed plant in Mandalay, combined with the Yangon facility, will enable the Netherlands-based company to tap into the growing demand in both upper and lower […]

Mandalay chamber to focus on SME loan and Chinese investment

U Kyaw Min, newly elected chair of the Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI), sees big potential for the region to draw Chinese investments and tap local talent for growth and development. Mandalay is Myanmar’s second largest city and often hailed as the country’s northern economic powerhouse. “We have drawn up a one-year […]

Land dispute in Myotha industrial park nears end

Ninety percent of lands that were taken for an industrial project has been compensated for in the Myotha industrial park in Mandalay Region, said U Tun Soe, deputy staff officer of Land Records Department. The compensation for lands grabbed in the Myotha industrial park project is K2million per acre for farmlands with rights already granted […]

Developer brushes off concerns about Myotha Industrial Park

DEVELOPER Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development has brushed off human rights concerns and accusations in relation to the Myotha Industrial Park in Mandalay, while the International Federation for Human Rights argued that the process for the establishment of the park underscores the failure by the developer to conduct proper human rights due diligence. Tensions and confrontations […]