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A farmer ploughs field with the use of draught cattle to grow crops in the village of Ohn-chaung, Burma. Pic: AP.

Law: the bane of Burma’s landowners

By Fri, May 18, 2012 3:41PM UTC 3 Comments A farmer ploughs field with the use of draught cattle to grow crops in the village of Ohn-chaung, Burma. Pic: AP.

The issue of land rights hangs like a heavy cloud over Burma. More than 60 percent of the country is reliant on agriculture as a primary source of income, yet farmers are not allowed to own the land they work – instead, they effectively rent it from the government, meaning that lucrative arable fields can...