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Villagers of Air Nyatoh Rejected the Plantation Agreement with Stakeholder

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Villagers of Air Nyatoh Rejected the Plantation Agreement with Stakeholder

InfoSAWIT, WEST BANGKA– Tens of villagers of Air Nyatoh came by to the local village office. They rejected palm oil plantation agreement that some smallholders’ groups made with the stakeholder in Sub district of Simpang Teritip, Regency of West Bangka, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Province.

In the agreement, 30 smallholders would get 2 hectares for each while the private sector (company) would deliver capital with some conditions, such as, the harvest should be given to the private sector for the next 30 years.

In the official statement that was signed by the head of village, chairman of smallholders’ groups, and stakeholders as capital provides, there are points saying that if the groups could not return the loan to the private sector, the group should also return their palm oil plantations to the private as the payment of their loan. After the land (plantations) should be returned, the private would fully own without any claim in the future.

Safari, one local villager was concern because the agreement between smallholders’ groups and the stakeholders was clearly regulated that if the smallholders (groups) could not afford (their debts), their plantations would be sealed. “And would belong to the stakeholders. The areas are in the form of forests and being processed by using heavy tools,” he said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from Inews, Friday (24/5/2024).

The villagers are afraid that the agreement would not help them but to master their areas within other use area (OUA) status. They suspected that there might be something hidden among the stakeholder, head of village and Badan Permusyawaratan Desa (BPD) Air Nyatoh. "The status of the forest is OUA and after it is cultivated, it may happen, the (area) document would be published. We suspect it,” Safari said.

They also hoped the government from the village to the regency would notice the issue so that there would be nothing to lose from the plan to develop palm oil plantations. “There is no clear information for us. We are being confronted with the stakeholder and the 30 men from the smallholders’ group. It needs solution fast,” Safari said. (T2)