Chin farmers face difficulties after land confiscation
18 March 2014: Chin subsistence farmers in Phaneng village, Matupi Township, Chin State are in a difficult situation after their farmland was confiscated by authorities late last year.
One of the local land proprietors has reported to the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) that the authorities forcibly took away 2.8 acres of land belonging to five subsistence farmers for construction of a new Matupi-Bungtla tarred road.
He said: “We get enough rice for our family from this field each year. Now that our land is destroyed, we are in a situation where we have to borrow rice from others.”
The construction project, contracted by Naing Min Construction Company, is conducted upon the direction of the Progress of Border Areas and National Races Department under the Ministry of Border Affairs.
Earlier this year, subsistence farmers in Paletwa Township had had their rice paddies destroyed to make way for the new Paletwa-Matupi road.#