Agro-industrial production

Economic land concessions and plantations

Firms lose land rights

The government had reclassified four economic land concessions as state property, reclaiming almost 20,000 hectares earlier handed to private firms to use for rubber plantations. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5087586/firms-lose-land-rights/

Vietnam nationals arrested in Kratie timber bust

Six Vietnamese nationals were arrested on Wednesday afternoon in a Military Police raid that saw 30 officers confiscating at least 100 illegally felled trees and 10 logging vehicles from an economic land concession in Kratie province’s Snuol district near the border with Vietnam. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnam-nationals-arrested-kratie-timber-bust

Land disputes report due this week

Four families have received a resolution in their land dispute with a sugar company’s economic land concession plantation in Preah Vihear province. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5085092/land-disputes-report-due-week/

Solution in sight for land disputes

The Ministry of Land Management has set up three working groups to allocate land plots to families in disputes with sugar companies in Kampong Speu, Koh Kong and Preah Vihear provinces. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081204/solution-sight-land-disputes/

Sugar dispute resolution leaves some communities out

The Land Management Ministry on Wednesday announced a plan to resolve a yearslong land dispute between thousands of villagers and well-connected sugar barons by early next month, though not all affected communities were included. ...

Aun Pheap and Brendan O’Byrne
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sugar-dispute-resolution-leaves-some-communities-out-134179/

Ministers promise quick land dispute resolution

The Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday promised to settle land disputes between villagers and sugar companies granted economic land concessions in Kampong Speu, Koh Kong and Preah Vihear provinces. Minister Chea Sophara made the promise after an inter-ministerial meeting at his office ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5080803/ministers-promise-quick-land-dispute-resolution/

Land grabbing spreads in Kampot

Hundreds of villagers from various provinces have occupied an economic land concession in Kampot province’s Chhuk district. The land was granted to Chan Sothea, vice president of the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce, and her company First Bio-Tech Agriculture by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5078148/land-grabbing-spreads-kampot/

Preah Sihanouk families seek titles

About a hundred families in Preah Sihanouk province gathered outside their local commune office on Tuesday to demand authorities follow through on what they said were promises to give them titles to land in what is now a Chinese land concession. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-families-seek-titles

Vietnam rubber firm reaches accord with Ratanakkiri ethnic villages

In an agreement mediated by the International Finance Corporation’s watchdog mechanism, a controversial Vietnamese rubber firm has reached a deal with 11 ethnic minority villages affected by its Ratanakkiri operations to return nearly 20 community “spirit mountains”, restore streams filled or polluted by its activities ...

Phak Seangly and Martin de Bourmont
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/vietnam-rubber-firm-reaches-accord-ratanakkiri-ethnic-villages

Push for an end to sugarcane land row

Koh Kong provincial authorities have urged 200 families involved in a decade-long land dispute with a sugar cane company to prepare evidence of their claims amid hopes of a final solution from the government. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5074027/push-end-sugarcane-land-row/

Koh Rong land hard titles released to fasttrack Island Development Plan

After the government confirmed legal land titles to residents of Koh Rong and ends conflict and uncertainty between land of residents and land of companies on 14 July 2017, it is highly likely that land prices will skyrocket and Koh Rong will change its new ...

Ky Kosal
https://www.realestate.com.kh/news/Koh-Rong-Land-Hard-Titles-Released-Today-to-Fasttrack-Island-Development-Plan/

As company clears land, Bunong villagers fight for ancestral home

The land concession overlaps the site of the Bunong community’s old village, their spirit forest and their burial grounds—religiously significant areas that, according to Bunong beliefs, are not to be disturbed or logged at the risk of incurring the wrath of local spirits. ...

Brendan O’byrne
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/as-company-clears-land-bunong-villagers-fight-for-ancestral-home-132609/

How Cambodia’s record deforestation is driving crippling drought

Massive deforestation is playing a crucial role in the droughts that have devastated Cambodia. But despite an official ban on timber exports, forests continue to be cut down at a record rate.The Cambodian government awarded between 30 and 40 logging concessions to private companies during ...

Euan Black
http://sea-globe.com/deforestation-drought-cambodia/

North Asia Resources to turn cassava into fuel

Hong Kong-listed firm North Asia Resources Holding Ltd announced yesterday that it has purchased 14,000 hectares of an economic land concession in Pursat province from Henan Tianguan Enterprise Group for $53.2 million.​ ...

The Phnom Penh Post Staff
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/north-asia-resources-turn-cassava-fuel

Sugar rush puts monster mill well ahead of target

Cambodia’s biggest sugar mill has finished its two-month production run, producing half a million tonnes of refined white sugar, nearly five times what the company predicted at the beginning of the harvest season, a company representative said yesterday.The Cambodian government granted Rui Feng Cambodia an ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/sugar-rush-puts-monster-mill-well-ahead-target

Villagers hit with charges to use local road

Villagers in Mondulkiri province have pleaded with local authorities to intervene after a company behind a nearby rubber plantation began charging them 20,000 riel ($5) to use a local road. Security guards at the Tong Min Group property told villagers from Pech Chreada district’s Pou ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/38528/villagers-hit-with--charges-to-use-local-road/

Court rebuffs Koh Kong families seeking to reclaim land

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday rejected the request of five families from Koh Kong province to nullify the deals they made seven years ago to give up their land to a local sugarcane plantation on the grounds that they were coerced. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/court-rebuffs-koh-kong-families-seeking-to-reclaim-land-127541/

Part of tycoon’s ELC to be granted to villagers

The Preah Sihanouk province land management committee is in the process of issuing land titles for 82 families in a recently converted forest area, as well as from an economic land concession (ELC) belonging to the Mong Reththy Group. ...

Touch Sokha
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/part-tycoons-elc-be-granted-villagers

Government threatens land rights protesters with legal action

The Commerce Ministry has threatened to take unspecified legal “measures” against anyone joining a protest against a sugarcane plantation who does not have a personal claim in the dispute.​   ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-threatens-land-rights-protesters-with-legal-action-127079/

More than 70 farmers accept sugar compensation, but 102 refuse

A long-running land dispute between 175 Koh Kong farmers and two sugarcane firms accused of stealing their land came a step closer to conclusion on Thursday after 73 of the farming families accepted compensation, a government official said.   ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/more-than-70-farmers-accept-sugar-compensation-but-102-refuse-127005/

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