Patience, tolerance is key for complicated land confiscation issues

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  • More than 4,900 acres of confiscated farmland were returned to the original owners in Sagaing Region on Wednesday, showing that justice is occurring.
    We believe that returning confiscated farmland to farmers, who make up 70 per cent of the country’s rural population, would develop the agricultural sector and improve their socio-economic status.
    The institutions concerned are urged to continue to release the farmland they have confiscated.
    To speed up the scrutiny of confiscated farmland issues, four work committees formed with Deputy Ministers from relevant ministries have carried out their works in regions and states, and have assisted in solving confiscated farmland issues.
    The land confiscation issue is complicated, and the reviewing and scrutinizing of the issues nationwide takes time and patience in order to get it right.
    Meanwhile, in some cases, it is found that land ownership disputes and squatters issues have caused delays for returning the farmland to owners, (even) though the ministries concerned had abandoned the farmland.
    Nationwide, confiscated farmlands have resulted in severe losses for the people.
    Relevant institutions have been setting policies, conducting reviews, and returning the
    confiscated lands to their
    original owners in attempts to return the confiscated land to farmers.
    The committees at different levels need to put emphasis on the resolution of the confiscation of farmlands to ensure the farmers can survive for the long term.
    We would like to urge those who own vacant and virgin land to register their land at their respective state or regional Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management Committee.
    If their lands are registered, when agricultural production becomes stable, their lands can be converted into farmland, according to Farmland Law.
    Today, the rays of hope for development of socio-economic status of farmers are shining as the government is working to establish contract farming for farmers to grow, package and trade their produce.
    The government is committed to helping the farmers shift from conventional and traditional methods to mechanized farming techniques.
    The farmers need not only grow crops for domestic food sufficiency, but also to grow marketable crops for a growing export market.
    By doing so, farmers will not need to sell their land for money, but can maintain their fields for generations to come.
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