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Patheingyi Township will take action against illegal developments, house building

Patheingyi Township City Development Committee Chairman Nyunt Sann told Mizzima that they would take severe action against those building houses, roads, and developing residential areas on farmland in Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region and transporting building materials of sand and quarry. “We have taken action against filling earth on plots, building roads and building houses on […]

Businesses misusing farmland face hefty fines, warns minister

The government will punish people and companies that use farmland for purposes other than growing crops with a fine of 30 percent of the land’s market value. The government-led Leading Committee for Farmers Rights, Protection and Promoting of Interests set the penalty at a meeting earlier this month, said U Aung Thu, committee secretary and […]

Myanmar’s opium farmers cling on to lucrative crop

HOPONG, Myanmar: Fields of purple opium poppy stretch across the pastures and peaks of mountainous eastern Myanmar, with many farmers reluctant to give up the profitable cash crop in spite of incentives offered. Myanmar is the second biggest source of opium in the world after Afghanistan, with Shan state its main production hub. AFP hiked […]

Dala property prices soar due to bridge project

After the government had approved the construction of Myanmar-Korea Friendship Bridge connecting to Dala Township, property prices have risen in a blur as rumors of small-scale industries as well as housing projects in Dala runs rampant. According to property agents and Dala locals, land prices hiked up as much as tenfold. Over a month ago, […]

MPs urge govt to rein in farmland sales

The subdivision and selling of farmland must be done by the national government, not by local management and development committees, a legislator in the Upper House has said. U Myo Win, MP for Mon State constituency 1, underscored the need for the national government to regulate the activities of management and development committees in townships […]

Permission for utilizing farmland to be revoked if rules and regulations violated

It was also disclosed that the Region/State farmland management committees which would be reformed in accordance with the 2012 Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Land Law will make inquiries into the farmland and will report the findings to the central committee, which has the authority to revoke the permission for land use, said the deputy minister. […]