In a significant move to enhance land security and empower farmers, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is undertaking the distribution of agricultural land title deeds to 25,000 farmers nationwide today, on January 15. This initiative involves the conversion of “Sor Por Kor 4-01” documents, formerly issued as permits for land use in reform areas, into official land titles.
The conversion of these documents into official land titles is a pivotal aspect of the government’s broader strategy to bolster land security, providing farmers with more concrete rights over their land and a more stable future. This shift is designed to instill a sense of ownership within the farming community and lay the foundation for a more secure agricultural landscape.
The newly issued deeds not only signify ownership but also enable the transfer of land, either wholly or partially, between eligible farmers and the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO). This flexibility in land use extends beyond mere ownership, allowing farmers to leverage their land as collateral for loans and engage in judicial proceedings, providing them with added financial flexibility.
Under the revamped policy, farmers are now granted the opportunity to diversify their income streams. They can engage in cultivating high-value crops and participate in the carbon credit market, demonstrating the government’s commitment to fostering economic sustainability within the agricultural sector. Additionally, this policy ensures that farmers remain eligible for government assistance programs related to infrastructure development, utilities, and disaster compensation, further fortifying their position in the farming community.
The distribution of agricultural land title deeds represents a crucial step towards ensuring equitable land rights, fostering economic growth in the agricultural sector, and creating a more resilient future for farmers across the country.