The Burmese authority recently confiscated 5000 acres of land from several Arakanese farmers in Ponna Kyunt Township and will allocate the land to regional army battalions to implement government agricultural projects, said a farmer whose land was confiscated.
He said, "It was fresh round of confiscations for our area and over 1000 acres of land were confiscated by the authority before."
According to local sources, the authority
confiscated a large number of lands at the foot of BeNgarar
Hill, located between the northern part of
Recently an army team led by Colonel Ne Win, Deputy Commander of the Army Regional Control Command based in Akyab, came to the area along with some officials from the land-surveying department and confiscated about 5000 acres of land.
The farmer said that Colonel Ne Win told a villager during his visit to the area that he
had a plan to confiscate 10000 acres of land from
Following the land confiscation, many farmers have become landless and are now reportedly thinking of leaving the area to look for jobs.
According to a reliable source, 25 per cent
of Arakanese villagers from each village around the
Arakan state have left their villages for
The villager sources said that villagers from
the northern part of Ponna Kyunt,
16 miles north of Akyab, are most affected by the
recent land confiscation. The villagers are from Panilar,
It was learned that the Burmese army is going to allocate some land for new army battalions, which will be set up in the area soon. The remaining land will be allocated to some local army battalions to implement government agricultural projects.