Mon 21 Apr 2014
Filed under: Human Rights,Inside Burma,Military,News,Protest
A water convolvulus field on the corner of Wai Zayan Tar Road and Gandamar St, Mayangone Township, Yangon was the site of a press conference held on April 20 to represent 28 farmers and their 109 employees who had received an eviction notice with an April 22 deadline from the Tatmyo Development Affairs Committee. Farmers spokesperson, U Myint Oo said that they “will appeal to the development committee not to remove us”, from the land they farm.
The farmers received official notice from the TDAC; the organisation responsible for overseeing military owned land in the Yangon on April 9. The notice stated that the 20 acres of land currently every dayproducing between 35,000 and70,000 plantsfor distribution to Yangon’s markets were “military owned land and all convolvulus farming and related facilities must be removed by April 22.” The notice also added that the Tatmadaw “could no longer allow private convolvulus farming on its land.”
Only two months before on February 5, Deputy Minister of Defence, General Kyaw Nyunt speaking to the Pyithu Hluttaw said “the Tatmadaw will not confiscate land in future and it will begin returning seized land to its owners.”
U Myint Oo also said that “this land has been in our family since my grandparents generation” but U Myint Oo later told Mizzima that they have no legal documents to support this. If the development committee continues to progress with the eviction U Myint Oo said that the farmers would “ask for compensation equal in value to the current land price. That way our family and other farmers can maintain our livelihoods.”
Daw Myint Sein, 74, moved to Yangon following the destruction of her home town of Bogalay township, Ayeyarwaddy region by cyclone Nargis. Speaking at the press conference, now as a resident of the community farming water convolvulus on this site she said and “I’m not used to city life in Yangon, if I have to move from this land, I’ll be in trouble.”
The families live near a water convolvulus field on the corner of Wai Zayan Tar Road and Gandamar St, Mayangone Township, Yangon