Burmese Army Turns to Rice Growing on Land Confiscated from the People
Burmese troops are going to grow rice by
themselves on land confiscated from the people in
Military sources said the higher authority ordered them not to lease out the land, but to work on it by themselves.
Last year the troops leased out the army-owned land to the local farmers for 50 baskets of rice per acre per cultivating season.
The military in Arakan state has been “cashing in” with leases and sharecrop arrangements with the farmers, from land that had been confiscated without any compensation.
In Buthee Daung, Maung Daw and
Most of the confiscated land had been hereditarily owned by a generation of Arakanese farmers. These farms were seized because they were said to be in the vicinity of the encampment areas, according to the local sources. These farms were later leased out to the former owners as sharecroppers with their own equipment and cattle.
The local people, who had already lost their inherited land, while they are worried about the loss of income from the new arrangement, are more concerned about the forced labour they will have to perform under the new directive of farming the army-owned land. #
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