Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Govt focuses on improving prices of crops

The government is now focusing to get better prices for the country’s agricultural crops as the problem of farmland-grabbing cases has declined, said Vice President 2 U Henry Van Thio on Wednesday.

“We are now having less farmland-grabbing cases,” the vice president said at the ceremony of giving back portions of the land from leprosy hospital, Yay Nanthar village, Mattaya township, Pyin O Lwin to its original owners.

U Henry Van Thio said what the country faces now is the rare problem of farmers leaving their fields uncultivated because they cannot get good prices for their produce and cannot recoup their expenses.

“If we can export the agricultural products and livestock directly to neighboring countries which have large market, it is beneficial for everybody,” he said.

The farmlands in Yay Nanthar village were grabbed by Ministry of Industry No (1) in 1978. Then, the land was transferred to Ministry of Health to build leprosy hospital.

The government resolved the problem by giving the 318 farmers, who originally owned the seized farmlands, a temporary work permits (Form-3) to a 318-acre area in the hospital compound.

Earlier in July 2016, the government already provided temporary work permits for 200 acres of land to some 32 farmers in the area.

After National League for Democracy (NLD) won the election, President U Htin Kyaw formed the Central Committee on Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands in a bid to return lands confiscated by the previous governments to their original owners.

U Henry Van Thio chairs the committee whose members includes other Union Ministers, and regions and states chief ministers.

“The committee was formed to give back the grabbed farmlands to the original farmers. Some cases can solve within the bounds of the law but others cannot. The government is trying to return the lands to the farmers so they can use it for their own benefits,” he said.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han