Myanmar received US $ 928mn in foreign aid to support 16 agricultural projects in the country.
Ohn Than, Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Myanmar, said foreign financial assistance fund 12 projects and the remaining four are financed through loans.
The Farmland Act 2012 allows the flow of foreign investment in agriculture, where more than 70 percent of the population of Myanmar depends.
“But the investment has been limited due to the loss of ownership of agricultural land, the high land prices driven by speculation and the weak rule of law,” the minister added.
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More than 70 percent of foreign investment going to the extraction of natural resources such as oil, gas and mining, but only one percent went to agriculture has been revealed.
“Foreign investment is low because of differences between the foreign investment law and the law vacant, fallow and virgin land management. The law allows foreign investment for an initial period of 50 years of investment, while the management of the land law allows a maximum of only 30 years, “said Than.
In recent years, China, Thailand, South Korea and Japan have invested in agriculture in Myanmar. China has invested in the plantations of sugar cane and fruit, while Thailand has invested in vegetable and fruit plantations in the country.
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