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Poor farmers should get new homes on encroached land

Jul 09. 2016
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By The Nation

Watcharin Wakamanont, who heads the Kanchanaburi branch of the Agricultural Land Reform Office, Saturday proposed that newly built commercial buildings located on ALRO land encroached on by the Tiger Temple in the province could be given to poor farmers i

The three-storey buildings have up to 100 rooms for the poor farmers to stay in, he said.

He said the ARLO was also demarcating the land, dividing it into smaller plots for distribution for farmers’ agricultural activities.

If the plots were three rai (half a hectare) each, it would mean as many as 310 farmers would benefit, he added.

Efforts to crack down on land encroachers have intensified after the National Council for Peace and Order demanded last Tuesday that state land be reclaimed from illegal occupiers.

The ALRO alone is expected to reclaim more than 430,000 rai of land, which should be allocated to landless farmers, according to Watcharin.

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