Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Chairman of the Central Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, attended a ceremony to return 1,107 acres of farmland released by Ministry of Defence to farmers in Thabeikkyin, Mandalay Region, yesterday. At the ceremony, land use permit form (3) were granted to farmers.
During the ceremony, 486.61 acres of farmlands were returned to 43 farmers, 207.45 acres of farmlands to 30 farmers and 413.53 acres of farmlands to 51 farmers. A total of 1,107.59 acres of farmlands were being returned to 124 farmers together with land use permit form-3. 486.61 acres is the cultivable land in the 1,850 acres released by No. 116 light Infantry Regiment, 207.45 acres is the cultivable land in the 250 acres released by No. 119 light Infantry Regiment and 413.53 acres is the cultivable land in the 490 acres released by No. 4 Infantry Regiment.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President said farmlands are as valuable as life for farmers and it is a development force for an agriculture country like ours. That is why the government is making it a special duty to return farmlands that are the lifelong expectation of the farmers.
In order to develop infrastructure for the country and to increase security, urban areas were expanded, road, bridges and factories were constructed, permission granted to departments, companies and private business to conduct agriculture and animal breeding projects, military outfits were expanded and established resulting in farmlands being confiscated causing much losses to farmers.
To relieve these losses in the best possible way and return the land to the farmers, relevant departments were instructed to release lands where project were unsuccessful, lands that were confiscated but were not beneficial to the country and the people and lands confiscated beyond the requirement. Assessment committees at all levels were formed and 52 work policies were set up to resolve the matter.
Farmers are also advised to use modern agriculture methods instead of conventional methods to gain more profits and to minimize losses. It is to be noted that excessive felling of trees and forests resulting in climate change also affect agriculture and human lives, he said.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio expressed thanks to Ministry of Defence, Mandalay Region government and responsible officials from departments on behalf of the State and Central Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands for holding returning of released land event for the seventh time.
He also urged the farmers who received the land to use modern and systematic agriculture methods so that not only their requirements are fulfilled but to play their part in raising the socio-economic life of rural people and develop the country.
Next, Mandalay RegionCommittee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands Chairman Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung explained about releasing unused confiscated land according to the law.
Afterwards, papers and documents relating to lands in Thabeikkyin Township released by military outfits were transferred to PyinOoLwin District Administrator U Pa Si by Lt-Col Aung Min Min.
This was followed by Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Ministry of Defence Deputy Minister Rear Admiral Myint Nwe, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U HlaKyaw, Mandalay Region minister for security and border affairs Col. KyawKyaw Min, Mandalay Region minister for agriculture, livestock and irrigation Dr. Soe Thanand Ministry of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary U Tin Myint presenting land use permit form-3 to farmers’ representatives from PhonKon Village, SanpeNago Village and Mine Dine Village.
The ceremony was concluded after a brief word of thanks from U Chit Ko on behalf of the farmers. After the ceremony the Vice President cordially greeted the farmers. During the day’s ceremony a total of 1,107.59 acres of farmlands out of 2,590 acres of land released by military outfits in Thabeikkyin Township were returned to farmers who formerly worked on those land together with land use permit form-3. During the incumbent government’s term 6,688 acres out of 16,418 acres of released land were returned to farmers in Mandalay Region it is learnt.