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State farms go under microscope

Update: August, 27/2012 - 09:37

HA NOI — The Prime Minister has ordered a nation-wide check on land under the management of State-run farms and forest enterprises.

The move aims to help prevent and handle violations and problems arising during the equitisation process of State-run farms and forest enterprises.

The checks will ensure areas of land that used to be under management of State-run farms and forest enterprises has been returned to local authorities, which inspectors will also check on allocation of land to State enterprises.

Authorities also plan to improve land use planning and speed up the granting of land use rights certificates and land lease contracts to prevent encroachments and disputes.

A recent workshop addressing problems related to reform of State-owned farms and forest enterprises pointed out that violations of land transfers and leases were common in some State forest enterprises in Nghe An, Lang Son and Quang Binh provinces.

According to statistics from the Consultancy on Development Institute, in 2011, State-run forest enterprises managed to return only about 702,000 ha to local authorities, making up for more than 63 per cent of the planned figure.

The slow progress held back the allocation of land to local farmers, resulting in wastes land as farmers eager to expand production were left short of land while inefficient State enterprises had vast areas of land.

Encroachment and disputes among State enterprises and local residents were reported as major headaches in some localities due to loose management after equitisation.

Reports on the land checks must be submitted to the ministries of Natural Resources and Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development by the end of November this year. — VNS

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