A total 332 acres of farmland released by the Myanma Pharmaceutical Industrial Enterprise of the Ministry of Industry were returned to 27 farmers in Tawpyagyi Village-tract, Thandaunggyi Township, Hpa-an District, Kayin State, yesterday in the presence of Vice President U Henry Van Thio.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President U Henry Van Thio called on the farmers to practice the contract farming system with the private sector as part of efforts to move towards a mechanized farming system.
By doing so, private businesses would provide farmers with seeds, fertilizers, farm machinery and capital to grow crops and to produce value added goods and to transport the produce to factories and to market and contract farming would bring a win-win situation for the farmers and businesses, he added.
The Union Government is carrying out scrutinizing confiscated farmland which are not used for projects and returning them to rightful owners and reclaiming land for agriculture, said the Vice President, in his capacity as the chairman of the Central Committee on Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands.
“Some issues related with the confiscated farmland is complex. I would like to urge those who are handling the land confiscation issues to be righteous and to make the best use of their experiences, skills and initiative skill to be able to find correct solutions to the problems,” said Vice President U Henry Van Thio. The central committee formed in May 2016 established region and state-level sub-committees for scrutinizing land confiscation issues and laid down 52-point work process to solve the issues.
The central committee solved the land confiscated issues after reviewing reports presented by the regional and state committees based on findings and remarks by the Hluttaw MPs and representatives of farmers. “In some complaints, it is found that the cases which were settled at the court, land disputes between farmers, land rights disputes, vacant land disputes are also brought to the Central Committee under the title of confiscated land,” said Vice President U Henry Van Thio. While solving the land confiscated cases which occurred after 1988, the Central Committee is also pushing the ministries concerned to release the confiscated farmlands which are not used currently and to return to original owners, he added.
The Vice President also urged the farmers to grow local and foreign marketable crops which are also favourable to the climate in their area.
At the ceremony, U Ko Ko Aung, Managing Director of the Myanma Pharmaceutical Industrial Enterprise, handed over the documents related to the 332 acres of farmland to the local authorities.
Afterwards, Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho, Kayin State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Than Htut and U Kyaw Lin and Kayin State minister U Saw Myint Oo presented the temporary land right certificates form-3 certificates to the farmers. After the ceremony, Vice President U Henry Van Thio held a meeting with local authorities at the township’s Administration Office and attended to the needs for transportation, tourism sector, and loans for small and medium enterprises in the township.
During the trip, the Vice President went to a local Roman Catholic Church and presented cash and aid to the church.
On the way to Kayin State yesterday morning, the Vice President and his entourage visited the Swa Bridge across the Swa River and inspected the repairs at the bridge which was damaged by the overflow water caused by collapse of the spillway of Swa Chaung Dam last month. Afterwards, Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected works on dredging sand left by the flooding on the farmlands along the Swa Creek and Director-General U Kyaw Myint Hlaing reported on the situation.
During the inspection tour of Swa Chaung Dam, the Vice President gave instructions on establishment of a model village in accordance with rules and regulations for villages hit by the flooding last August. He also urged the officials concerned to ensure supplying irrigation water to farmland while the spillway is under construction.
On his way to Thandaunggyi, the Vice President also inspected the construction of Paletwa Bridge in Bawagali, Kayin State. He called for timely completion of the bridge which would bring easy transportation for local people. The pre-stressed concrete bridge will be 800 ft long and 30 ft wide upon completion. The Vice President and party also visited the cardamom farm at Shwenyaungpin Village in Thandaunggyi and urged the private growers to make registration for their production.—MNA