NEW laws will soon be enacted to restrict jade production within the Lonekhin and Hpakant mining blocks in Kachin State, said Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win at a session of the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday. No more jade mining blocks will be allowed, and restrictions will be set on the […]
A gem merchant has blamed a decline in the country’s jade market on the wild extraction. Demand is slow in the world market as a direct consequence of excessive extraction, U Than Win of Pwint Kaung Gems Trading said, adding that jade mining has become worse during the transitional period. Of the merchants buying jade […]
Rains have damaged the Hpakant-Mogaung road and hundreds of cars are locked in a daily traffic jam, reports say. The heavy vehicles used in jade mining are the cause of the jam, residents say. “It takes the whole day to reach the other side. The heavy vehicles take up almost two-thirds of the road. The […]
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About 80 companies are preparing to resume their jade mining business in Phakant, according to the Ministry of Mines. Mining at jade blocks in Phakant were suspended for two years due to the armed conflict, but the government said the mining business would resume by September 1. “We have received 80 applications, including from joint […]
YANGON — Recent fighting between ethnic rebels and government troops in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township has raised security concerns, with jade mining operations set to resume in the area next month. Large-scale mining in the jade-rich hills of Hpakant was suspended in 2012, shortly after a 17-year-old ceasefire broke down and conflict erupted between the […]