Tarlawgyi residents won’t allow companies to rent or buy land

Tun Lin Aung
A banana plantation in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State.
MYITKYINA- Villagers yesterday decided not to rent or sell land plots in a 3-mile (5-kilometre) radius of Tarlawgyi village in Myitkyina Township to Chinese companies.
In Tarlawgyi village, the Chinese companies have acquired thousands of acres of vacant land, woods and pasture along the Ayeyawady River to grow tissue culture banana. Villagers are worried since they have lost pasture for cattle to banana farms. 
“We designated the plots within 3-mile distance far from village as a village-owned land. Later, a team will be formed aiming to solve the land-grabbing issues. The decision was approved by six wards, three villages as well as town elders and monks. In Ywathit village, there is no vacant land and pasture. Moreover, there has been land dispute among the villagers.
No authorities settle this problem. So, we are now preparing to stage a protest against the government,” said Tin Myint, one of the elders from Tarlawgyi village.