Indonesia: Minister for Economic Affairs gives palm oil farmers one month to complete land permits
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Published Dec 8, 2023
The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs in Indonesia has given the General Chair of the Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association one month to register data on its members who have planted oil palm on abandoned forest land. There are 800 thousand hectares of abandoned land and around 350 thousand farmers who have done so. The government plans to intervene to resolve the issue of abandoned land, and urged the farmers to carry out verification and certification in order to receive replanting funds.
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Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto gave the General Chair of the Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association (APKASINDO) Gulat Manurung one month to register data on its members who have already planted oil palm on land that is "already" in the forest. Airlangga said there were 800 thousand hectares (ha) recorded as abandoned land, and there were around 350 thousand farmers who planted oil palm on abandoned land. "800 thousand hectares are registered as derelict land. Who are the farmers who plant oil palm on derelict land? Raise your hand," said Airlangga when opening the APKASINDO National Meeting of Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers in Jakarta, Thursday (7/12/2023). A number of farmers present at the meeting were seen simultaneously raising their hands. In fact, APKASINDO General Chair Gulat Manurung immediately got up from his seat while raising his hands very high. "Including the general chairman? Wow. This has to be noted, sir, ...