Taking positive stance key to solving confiscated farmland issue

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  • The majority of the farmers in Myanmar are engaging in agriculture and small scale livestock breeding on small plots of lands. As the matter of land use and stability of land use rights of small plot holders and landless farmers is a priority work, 14 main work processes were earmarked to be established in the agriculture policy and agriculture development strategy.
    The national land use council was formed in order to implement the aims, guidelines and basic principles of the national land use policy and to implement laws related to it.
    The Union Government is stepping up efforts for solving the confiscated farmland issue considering that it is also related to keeping a good image for the country.
    Land management in Myanmar faces limitations and challenges including land disputes after settling by the government.
    To overcome the challenges and to implement the aims of national land use policy, laws related to land management are being reviewed.
    Development of the agricultural sector is important for the development of our country because the majority of the country’s population relies upon it. Technology and investment required for the development of the agricultural sector has been provided by the Union Government in the best possible ways.
    To strengthen the agricultural sector, for the farmers to benefit from the work they have done, for the farmers and their future generations to use the land that they have managed and work on, the 2012 farmland law and 2012 vacant, fallow and virgin land management law have been amended accordingly.
    The incumbent Union Government released a total of 63,417 acres of confiscated farmlands and 13,091 acres were returned to the farmers while 50,326 acres were returned to relevant ministries, states/regions. Assessments are being carried out to return the remaining confiscated lands to farmers as soon as possible.
    President U Win Myint said during his trip to Ayeyawady Region on 28 October that action would be taken against any personnel or officials who caused hindrances to the work of the relevant committees in assessing, reviewing and returning confiscated lands to the farmers and permitting them to work on these lands.
    Meanwhile, he urged authorities to determine compensation and reparations fairly as well as to reflect on the situation on the ground.
    We would like to call on all stakeholders including farmers in this matter to take a positive stance towards compromise for the land confiscation issue and to accept a win-win situation for all.
    Fairness and equality are essential ingredients for a successful society and an essential principle of democracy.
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