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Residents seek to legitimise homes on farm land

The southern metropolis’ breakneck urbanisation has turned much its surrounding agricultural land into urban space, both officially and unofficially. Residential houses have been built on top of former farmland parcels for decades now, however, existing law has not provided legitimacy for this practice, leading to ...

Koh Kong SEZ supports vehicle giants in Thailand

The Koh Kong Special Economic Zone located just two kilometers from Thailand’s Trat province provides jobs to around 9,000 workers. Thitidej Tongpatana, a Thai national who is vice president of Koh Kong SEZ, recently spoke to Khmer Times’ Chea Vannak on the special economic zone’s ...

Three charged with clearing forest

Three men were charged on March 21 with clearing forest in Kampong Thom province’s Santuk district in a failed attempt to take ownership of nearly 40 hectares of state land. According to a report on the Agriculture Ministry’s Facebook page on March 21, two tractors were confiscated ...

Land given to officers not used but sold: analysis group

Forest lands in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region, given to retired officers and entrepreneurs for agricultural purposes have, instead, been illegally sold, said an analysis group. The findings of the Forestry Land Analysis group, which comprises 15 regional representatives, have been submitted to the Union ...

Farmers hail land tax waiver

An estimated 12.5 million people will be eligible for agriculture land tax exemption, leaving merely 77,000 people still subject to this tax. The tax waiver, provided in a decree signed by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc at the end of last month, came in for ...

Land feuds get top-level airing

Fifteen national and international organizations representing 38 civil society groups met with the National Assembly’s first commission on February 22 to discuss eight major land dispute cases in an effort to find a solution for those affected. Seoung Sen Karona, a human rights monitor and investigator for ...

Two laws to be amended to solve land disputes

To resolve disputes over confiscated lands and to streamline the process of returning them to the rightful owners, the Union government will amend two land-related laws, said Dr Aung Thu, Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation. “There are illegal and legal ways to take ...

Court ruling raises questions over status of wind farms

The Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) will hold a meeting with the Energy Ministry next week to find solutions to problems resulting from a court ruling that some farming-designated land plots were misused for wind-farm projects. Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Minister General Chatchai Salikulya said he ...

Land row families demand titles

Nearly 100 citizens representing 429 families at the center of the Techo Aphivat land dispute gathered at Kampot provincial hall on February 8 demanding resolution of the row and for land titles to be speeded up. However, the authorities said these citizens are not resident there and ...

Expansion work starts at Myanmar's Thilawa industrial park

An expansion project at Myanmar’s first modern industrial park began Tuesday, as the government concluded negotiations related to resettling residents of the development area. The Thilawa special economic zone, which came about as a public-private effort between Japan and Myanmar, will undergo a roughly 100-hectare ...

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