December 13, 2017

Over 300 acres of confiscated farmland returned to owners in Madaya for third time

Vice President U Henry Van Thio presents the farmland work permit card to local farmer in Madaya township yesterday. Photo: MNA

OVER 300 acres of farmland have been returned to its rightful owners in the presence of Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Mandalay Region for the third time.
Speaking on the occasion which took place in Madaya  Township yesterday, U Henry Van Thio expressed his delight at being able to return the confiscated land, pledging quick and correct solutions in returning the confiscated land to farmers.
The land were confiscated from local farmers for the construction project of hospital for people with leprosy.
The Ministry of Health and Sports confiscated nearly 2,000 acres of land from farmers in Madaya township, and it would give up more than 1,300 acres.
The ministry said it would need over 600 acres of land for the construction of a hospital for lepers.
Over 208 acres of land were returned to farmers for the first time in July 2016 and more than 140 acres in March 2017.
More than 800 acres of land would be returned on completion of the scrutiny process.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio said the government was stepping up efforts for assisting farmers to get favourable prices for their crops and reasonable agricultural loans while working for disaster preparedness.
According to officials, the land was originally seized by the Ministry of Industry-1 in 1977 and was later passed on to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
Following the ceremony, the Vice President visited the Mandalay General Hospital and was briefed on liver transplant operations being done by Professor Dr Shein Aye (Liver Specialist).
It has been learnt that this hospital saw the first successful liver transplant.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio also visited Monywa and inspected measures for preventing overflow of water from the Chindwin River which is now above its danger level.— Myanmar News Agency

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