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Updated on September 22, 2018 From Myanmar Business Today

MFF Urges Government to Ease K1 Million in Fines for Illegal Use of Farmland

Myanmar Fishery Federation is pushing the Government to ease K1 million in fines for using farmland as fish and shrimp breeding ponds, U Win Kyaing, General Secretary of the federation, said at the meeting held on September 10.

“Our businesses need land. They can only grow when the Government ease policy,’’ he said.

The issue emerged after 2012 farmland law, which bans unapproved usage of farmland. MFF will try to solve the issue by consulting legal experts.

According to the new law, farmland across the country must apply to form 7, but fish and shrimp ponds were not able to apply it because they were not being used for agriculture. Now, the Government is making them pay K1 million per acre.

Article 19 of the law says that if individual breaches the law by using the farmland for other purposes, he shall be fined, his form 7 would be revoked, or all the assets shall be destroyed. Moreover, Article 35 of the law also says that those who use the farmlands shall be fined up to K 100,000-300,000.

MFF will appeal the government to reduce the fine for using farmlands as fish breeding ponds because it poses the barrier to the development of the industry.

There are over 450,000 acres of fish and shrimp breeding ponds and most of them don’t have the permission to be used for fish breeding.

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