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29 Nov 2019

Author:
Sotheary Pech, Khmer Times

Cambodia: Kratie provincial authorities solve longstanding land disputes between over 1,800 families and a rubber plantation company

"Kratie resolves Memot Rubber Plantation land dispute in Snuol", 28 November 2019

Kratie provincial authorities have resolved a land dispute between more than 1,800 families and the Memot Rubber Plantation Company in Snuol district’s Pi Thnou commune.

Khan Chamnan, provincial deputy governor, ... said that each family will receive two hectares of Social Land Concessions.

He noted that the resolution process began ... last year and was successfully resolved this month with the government deciding to carve out about 4,000 hectares from an Economic Land Concession for the company to be given to the families.

Mr Chamnan said more than 4,000 hectares has been carved out in two locations, one involving more than 600 hectares and the other more than 3,000 hectares.

“The land allocation in the area will benefit 1,884 families, or nearly 7,000 family members,” he noted.

Kao Madilen, provincial Department of Land Management, Urban Planning, and Construction director, ... said that the government allocated the two hectares per family for them to build houses and farm...

The land dispute in Pi Thnou commune began in March 2018 and turned ugly when there was a clash between the armed forces and a group of protesters who blocked National Road 76A to prevent the company’s bulldozers from clearing their crops in the area...

Siv Vy, a resident among those who sought intervention, ... thanked the government for successfully resolving the land dispute and giving out two hectares of land to each family.

However, he urged provincial authorities to speed up repairing a road and other infrastructure in the area to facilitate people’s living...

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