New land use rules seen as threat to poor farmers

A civic land rights group has expressed concern for the welfare of poorer farmers after a law change to allow commercial development on previously protected Sor Por Kor land was given the green light by agriculture chiefs.

“The Agricultural Land Reform Office’s revamped rules allow businessmen, investors and non-farmers to make use of land plots which the state had given to low-income farmers to help them make a sustainable living. It, therefore, defeats the purpose of the Sor Por Kor land project,” according to a P-Move statement released on Tuesday.

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Bangkok Post Reporter