Myanmar has many acres of lands dedicated to coffee cultivation but it imports nearly US$100 million worth of coffee and instant coffee mix per year, according to agriculture expert Tun Win.
"Some of the lands in Myanmar have the same type of soil found in the coffee plantations in Brazil, but we are not able to use them effectively so we have to import coffee and coffee mix every year," said Tun Win.
Tun Win said that the authorities confiscated over 100,000 acres of farmlands in Pyin Oo Lwin, Nyaungcho and Kyaukmae in Shan State for coffee plantation projects, but nothing has been done on these lands. When farmers demanded their lands back, they were arrested and sent to prison.
"[The authorities] confiscated farmlands in our area but nothing has been grown on them and they have been left vacant for many years," said a farmer from Pyin Oo Lwin.
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