A 37-ton slab of jade was found in Hpakant on 9 February. The Burmese military cordoned off the area, spelling trouble for the district’s small-time excavators.
Category: Natural resources
Miners at Tagon Gold Mine-1 in Mandalay division are calling on the government to adopt a Mining Law, to ensure safety standards and the protection of miners’ rights.
Local miners in Mandalay Division’s ‘Ruby Land’ town of Mogok may soon get access to more gems. The Myanmar Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Association plans to allocate small-scale mining plots to locals to promote gem trade in the area.
Sculptors who work with wood may soon have easier access to raw material. The government’s Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) is planning to start a tender bidding system to conveniently sell wood to sculptors, as there is currently no direct channel for business with artists.
Thousands of farmers in central Burma ‘s Magway division are selling their land and cattle to join the region’s oil rush.
Authorities fence up over 300 acres of farmland that falls within the Latpadaung Mining Project area, angering residents who have farmed the land for generations.