Taungoo farmers summoned for questioning

Farmers, who are protesting against the implementation of industrial zone on 10,000-acre-land in Taungoo by the presidential adviser, were summoned for questioning by the Land Record Department yesterday.

“The project is to develop an industrial zone on vacant land and 1,207 farmers are also objecting the project. 130 farmers from Naypugon and Pechatgon villages yesterday testified why they are against the project.

Tomorrow, farmers from other villages will come and testify. The inspection group formed by the regional government is from Phyu. The group will take a record for consideration why farmers are against the project,” an official from the Land Record Department said.

“We answered on behalf of 30 farmers. They asked us why we are objecting, how long we have been living on this land and what we have been doing on this land. We told them that we rely on this land for our education, health and well being. We could lose our farmlands if they turned it into an industrial zone. We don’t want compensation. We will continue to protest until we have our land back for farming. The main reason why we are protesting is that they are implementing a project that we don’t know when it will be finished on our farmlands,” Tin Nyunt, a farmer said.

Kaytumadi Development Public Co, owned by Khin Maung Aye who is the economic adviser for the president, has reportedly submitted an application to authorities for establishing an industrial zone in Bago Region. About 400 people started the protest against the project since January 8 this year.