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Update: April, 12/2012 - 10:18

HA NOI — The impact of socio-economic development on agricultural land must be minimised by good planning, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

His instructions were detailed in a notice released following a meeting with representatives of the Viet Nam Farmers' Association.

Land resumption must harmonise the interests of the State, land users and investors and create favourable conditions for socio-economic development, the notice said.

The PM asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to review the implementation of his instruction on speeding up the granting of certificates of land use rights, house ownership and other property attached to the land.

The original instructions were issued last August. The ministry must submit the result to the Prime Minister by September.

Dung agreed in principle to renovate the policy on compensation for farmers whose agricultural land was resumed by the State.

He gave a nod to the mechanism that permits farmers access to bank loans but without having to submit land use rights certificates. The State Bank of Viet Nam will study the case and issue concrete guidelines.

The farmers' association's proposal to purchase unsold agricultural products and give priority to those produced under VietGap criteria was also approved.

Meanwhile, the farmers' association has been invited to take part in forming policies relating to agriculture, farmers and rural areas. — VNS

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