Dozens of hectares of state land in Mondulkiri province have been grabbed illegally, provincial Forestry Administration deputy director Saro Ratana told The Post on Sunday.
The pine farm where the land grabbing has taken place covers 225ha in Pou Hyam village in O’Raing district’s Sen Monorom commune.
Ratana said the farm has been registered in the inventory of the provincial Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries department, so the Forestry Administration has an obligation to manage and protect the land.
But with land prices soaring, he said, some opportunists have secretly planted posts and cleared the land without authorisation.
Ratana said that on Thursday, his team cooperated with the O’Raing district military unit and local authorities to inspect the area and witnessed land encroachment happening in four locations.
“During the inspection, which was conducted over a few days, we discovered four cases in the pine farm. Though we have not measured the site, we estimate that it is not less than 50ha of land,” he said.
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