Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Villagers say firm taking their land

Villagers say firm taking their land

Villagers say firm taking their land

About 100 people in Svay Rieng province’s Romeas Hek district yesterday blocked two tractors belonging to a sugar company from ploughing farmland they claim to own, though local officials said the aggrieved villagers had encroached on the company’s property.

The long-running dispute pits villagers from Koki and Ampil communes against foreign-owned firm NK Venture, which acquired 1,200 hectares in the area in 2010 to plant sugarcane. Chan Pharon, a representative of the protesters, claimed the contested 818-hectare plot belongs to 443 families.

“We used that land for farming before the company arrived, so the government should carve it out for us, not the company,” Pharon said, saying the group would petition the Land Ministry for help.

However, the deputy chief of nearby Tbeng village, Eang Sophal, said the locals grabbed NK Venture’s land during a hiatus in the company’s operations between 2013 and 2014.

NK Venture was unreachable yesterday, but protesting villager Mor Sina said the company had ‘‘warned they would come back [today] with 10 tractors’’.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,