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July 18, 2018

Utilize land effectively to promote economy

Today, with the practice of contract farming and the relaxation of rules in the investment sector, a ray of hope is shining for the development of the socio-economic status of farmers.
The government is committed to helping farmers shift from conventional and traditional methods to mechanized farming techniques.
The farmers need not only grow crops for domestic food sufficiency, but also 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.
The government has also stepped up its efforts to solve the confiscated farmland issue nationwide and has returned more than 4,900 acres of confiscated farmlands to the original owners in Sagaing Region last month, showing that justice has been served.
We believe that returning confiscated farmlands 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.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Irrigation announced on 9 June that it would revoke over 8,200 acres of farmland nationwide, in accordance with Section 22 of the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law-2012, as they have not been utilized since they were permitted four years ago.
The decision comes after the ministry’s warning two years ago that it would make inquiries into permitted farmland that has not yet been utilized and will revoke the permit in accordance with the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law-2012 if it was found that rules and regulations had been violated.
Two years ago, the ministry urged those who own vacant and virgin lands to register them 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 could be converted into farmlands, according to the Farmland Law.
After the announcement two years ago, the ministry formed the Region/State farmland management committees in accordance with the law.
The Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Management Law says, “A person who is granted the right to use the vacant, fallow and virgin lands shall comply with the following conditions: The enterprise shall carry out to be completed within four years from the date of grant according to the purpose granted. The prescribed period may be revised by the Central Committee for losing time due to natural disasters and unstable security conditions.”
Today is the time to promote businesses including the agriculture, livestock and mining sectors, making the best use of the land. Hence, all citizens are obliged to abide by the law as the authorities on their part are committed to managing the land effectively for the country’s economy.

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