Vietnam restricts takeover of farmlands for other purposes

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Vietnam restricts takeover of farmlands for other purposes


The government has issued a resolution that limits the acquisition of farmlands for other purposes and contains other provisions supporting agriculture.
It constrains local authorities from taking over land from farmers, an act that often triggers conflicts and sometimes even violence.
In Vietnam, all land is owned by the state and people are given land-use rights.
Laws allow the government to revoke these rights at any time, normally by paying compensation.
Many provinces have taken over farmers’ lands to build factories and the like, which usually leave older farmers out of the employment loop.
Many farmers have fought back.
A gunfight by a family in Hai Phong in January 2012 against a group of police and soldiers trying to take over their land sparked off debate over land-use rights. PM Nguyen Tan Dung at the time deemed the eviction illegal, but the farmers were sentenced to jail for murder after a court decided that they meant to kill.
The new resolution says if farmers have to give up land for national security or some public purpose, the authorities will apply policies to make sure the farmers' legitimate interests are protected.
It calls for easing regulations on renting out and selling fields to develop large-scale cultivation, easing borrowing regulations for farmers and reducing value-added tax on agricultural inputs as well as corporate tax on agricultural investors.

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