Farmers ‘hurt’ by unfair land seizures

Writer: 
Htay Hla Aung
Farmers explaining their their situation to media on October 11.
 
Natives to Kyaukpyar village, Kyaukse Township, said that the government confiscated their land in 2004 without giving any compensation. 
 
In 2007, the AAA, Tiger Head and Myanmar Elephant cement factories offered Ks70,000 for an acre of rocky land and Ks100,000 for an acre of land without rocks as compensation, the farmers said.
 
Twelve out of 93 farmers turned down the companies’ offer and asked for the compensation at the market price as well as replacement land to farm, according to complaints sent to Vice President Henry Van Thio.
 
“The compensation they offered is a lot less than that of the market price which is above Ks5 million an acre. They didn’t negotiate the price with us in the first place,” said the farmers.
 
The government seized their land without compensation.
 
They said would meet the Mandalay Region chief minister.
 
Translated by Nay Thiha