Watcharin Wakamanont, who heads the Kanchanaburi branch of the Agricultural Land Reform Office, yesterday proposed that newly built |commercial buildings located on ALRO land near the Tiger Temple could be given to poor farmers instead of being demolished
He said ARLO was demarcating the land, dividing it into smaller plots so farmers’ could use them for crops. If plots were three rai (half a hectare) each, it would mean as many as 310 farmers would benefit, he said.
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.