THE licences of over 600 jade mining blocks in Lonekhin, Hpakant and other sites in Kachin State will expire this month, according to the Myanmar Gems Enterprise under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
It is announced that licences of over 500 jade mines in Lonekhin and Hpakant jewelry land, 10 in Mohnyin, 18 in Mogok, 17 in Mongshu and 53 in Hkamti will expire in May of this year.
The ministry granted permit to jade mining companies to operate in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Mohnyin and Hkamti in 2012. The mining companies in Mogok and Mongshu sought permission from the authorities in 2014.
More than 400 licences for jade mining sites located in Lonekhin, Hpakant, Hkamti, Mongshu, Mogok and Mohnyin mining areas in Kachin State expired last month.
The ministry granted seven-year permits and five-year permits to jade mining companies to operate in Lonekhin and Hpakant jewelry land.
Myanmar, a resource-rich country, is also known for its abundant supply of various gems producing regions and the world famous jades are found in Lonekhin and Hpakant areas and world famous rubies in Mogok and Mongshu tracts.