Permits to be issued to fish, prawn farms after collecting fine

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Restricitons on fish and prawn farmers wil be relaxed to grant permits after collecting fines. PHOTO: PHOE KHWAR

The fish and prawn farms will be issued with the legal permits after collecting a fine of K20,000-K30,000 per acre, according to an announcement of the Central Body of Farmland Management Team on 19 June. A total of 380,000 acres of fish and prawn farms will be granted the official permit. At present, only 120,000 acres out of 500,000 acres of fish and prawn farms are issued with LaNa-39 forms by which the land can be used for purposes other than livestock breeding. With giving priority to rice production in Myanmar, the farmlands have difficulty getting the grant for other purposes such as fish and prawn breeding.
Although the breeding entrepreneurs had tried to get the official permit for the land to be able to use for livestock breeding in the previous government period, they were rejected for various reasons. They requested the same again in the incumbent government period hoping that the restrictions will be relaxed with the paying of the fine.
The government’s amended land policy in aquatic livestock sector can increase annual aquatic export worth $700 million to $1 billion.—Aye Maung (Translated by Hay Mar)

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