Local’s farms handed over to army families
Ponna Gyunt, August 6 : Farms recently confiscated by the army, from local farmers in
The families of men serving in the Light Infantry Battalion 555 Base in Ponna Gyunt and the Light Infantry Battalion 374 Base in Pan Pe Chaung, of
“As far as I know, the Burmese army allocated three acres per family, under a self-sufficiency program. Their intention is to give the farms to the army member’s families in place of their army ration. In the future, if the Burmese authority doesn't provide rations to the families, they can produce their own food on the new land,” said the monk.
Army personnel get a monthly salary of 5000 kyat, as well as food rations, including rice, peas, milk, sugar, chilly and candles from the government, but these rations could be withheld in the future, since the families were each given land to subsist off of.
The monk said that some army personnel, who were living in the camp, could, themselves work on the given farms, while others who are serving on the front line, could rent their farms to local farmers. In
“It is like the Arakanese proverb, ‘ a paddy farm owner is being dried out by a monkey’. These Arakanese farmers find themselves renting their own land from army personnel. This present era, under the Burmese military government, is a dark one for the Arakanese people,”the monk said angrily.
Currently, the government is only confiscating land in the northern part of
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