Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Chairman of the CentralCommittee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands, attended a ceremony to return the confiscated land to their owners in Taunggyi yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion at the City Hall in Taunggyi, the Vice President said he was delightedto return the land to their owners.
At the ceremony, of the 1,969 acres abandoned by the Ministry of Defence in Taunggyi District, Shan State, 622.48 acres were returned to 356 farmers, and some 1,347 acres were handed over to the Shan State government.
Since the central committee was formed, the Ministry of Defence has abandoned more than 29,900 acres in Shan State, and of them, more than 12,791 acres were handed over to government departments,while more than 17,127 acres were returned to farmers in the state.
He also urged farmers who received the land to grow high quality paddy to ensure they can find a market for their produce.
Myanmar’s rice exports this fiscal year were more than 3 million tonnes, the highest in over 70 years. Myanmar is one of the region’s top rice exporters.
In his address, the Vice President also urged all the departments and institutions responsible to abandon confiscated land.
Following the ceremony, U Henry Van Thio visited Sao San Tun Hospital and spoke to patients receiving treatment there.