U Kyaw Myint, Mandalay Region Minister for Electric Power and Industry, told Mizzima that the Mandalay Region government will coordinate with farmers over their confiscated farmland as part of the implementation of the Myotha Industrial Park project in Mandalay Region.
“The region’s government will solve the farmland confiscation problems but not impossible issues,” the minister said, referring to attempts by some people to delay the project.
He said farmers who have lost land to the project can contact the township farmland management committees, adding that there is the opportunity to invest in the project by purchasing shares.
“We did not accept the proposal to construct a school building in Thanbo village but we invite more submissions to fulfill the requirements,” the minister said, referring to one call to help with compensation.
The regional government has offered K2 million as compensation and K500,000 as a compassionate grant per acre of confiscated farmland. According the Region’s Electric Power and Industry Ministry, about 90 percent of farmers have so far received compensation and compassionate grants.
A farmer of Thanbo village said that the K500,000 compassionate grant cannot be spent on buying farmland, and the local government should look into this issue.
The minister has said that a 60 x 80 feet land plot has been allotted to each farming household who accepted compensation and the compassionate grant, noting that each plot is worth about K2 million.
Mandalay Myotha Industrial Development Public Co., Ltd is implementing the project on over 10,000 acres of land, confiscating the farmland of 14 villages in Ngazun Township. Reportedly, MPs have purchased over 3,000 shares and farmers about 1,000 shares from the public company.
Source: MIZZIMA Myanmar