Land Allocation for Poor Families in Battambang Kicks Off
Boeng Pram, Battambang (May 03, 2012) – Land allocation for poor families from seven villages in Boeng Pram commune of Battambang province under the social land concession project started May 02 and ended today. The lands were allocated based on a lucky draw system.
There were 1,748 poor families applying for social land concession, according to Provincial Committee for State Land Management. Of the total, the Committee approved 1,299 applications. Each family got one hectare of agricultural land and a plot of land, sized 40m by 40m for housing. The rest of the families were entitled to occupy their existing housing land of the same size (40m x 40m).
But, according to the Lucky Draw Working Group, there were only 1,275 families got the draws. Twenty four families were absent. They were reported to migrate to work outside of the village.
H.E Im Chhun Lim, Minister of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction presided over the lucky draw ceremony. He highly appreciated and deeply thanked LWD for supporting the SLC policy of the government.
The social land concession project, entitled “Securing Rights to Land and Sustainable Livelihoods” was funded by the European Union (EU) and is being jointly implemented by LWD, CEDAC and DanChurchAid (DCA). The project cost 700,000 Euro and takes three years (2011-2013).
LWD received 439,748 Euro of the total amount for implementing its specific activities. The implementation of the project includes two steps—land allocation and empowerment of the poor settling in the area to improve their livelihoods.
Ms. Ros Kimsou, 56, separated, said she was very excited to get the agricultural land of one hectare. “I never expect to have it today,” she said. Ms. Kimsou settled in Orussey village of Boeng Pram since 2005, occupying a small plot of land for housing and 1,600 square meters of agricultural land. Without having enough land for farming, Ms. Kimsou sells her labor collecting corns and other crops in the village in exchange for money to support her daily life.
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