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March 8th, 2012
Viet Nam Experts Divided Over Land Law Shift

Speaking to reporters at the press briefing on land management activities in Ha Noi yesterday, Chinh said his ministry was still collecting ideas to come up with the optimal approach, adding that changes to the Land Law should be made in a cautious way given its wide-scale impact on society.

He cited a moot point was to increase the agricultural land limit. Under the Land Law of 2003, a farmer could only use up to 3 hectares of land to farm on. Opponents of the idea argue that a large proportion of the labour force was still working in the agriculture sector and that maintaining the current limit would mean many more could own land for production. At the same time, proponents said putting a cap on land would hamper the large-scale and concentrated agricultural production. Read More