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Regent of Kotawaringin Timur Met GPPI to Prevent Palm Oil Plantation Conflicts

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Regent of Kotawaringin Timur Met GPPI to Prevent Palm Oil Plantation Conflicts

InfoSAWIT, SAMPIT – Regent of Kotawaringin Timur (Kotim), Central Kalimantan Province, Halikinnor met Gabungan Pengusaha Perkebunan Indonesia (GPPI) Kotim to prevent conflicts between the people and big private companies in palm oil plantation sector. The meeting was on Tuesday, 11 June 2024 and the goal was about to discuss the solution from the conflicts that kept happening in plantation sector.

“We meet the plantation owners in Kotim. We discussed about how to get solution on every conflict that keeps happening in plantation,” Halikinnor said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from KontenKalteng, Thursday (13/6/2024).

There are more big private plantation companies in the regency. Most of them operate in palm oil sectors. Kotim is known as the regency with the largest palm oil plantations in Indonesia.

The plantation issues keep raising between the plantations and the people, such as, pillage, mortal, and area claim that often ends to physical clash between the security officers and the people, and demonstration.

“Kotim wants that the issues would be minimized in the future. The solution in village and sub district levels would be getting more comprehensive by involving the related agencies,” he said.

Halikinnor also emphasized that the related agencies should prioritize not only formal legal aspects but know the land owner history and the villagers’ economic business around the big private companies.

To minimize demonstration and fresh fruit bunch (FFB) stealing in the big private companies, it needs to track down the villagers’ business proram as their potential sources of living. “The companies should actively deliver their corporate social responsibility (CSR) so that the villagers’ businesses would be mobilized. By having the businesses, they would escalate their welfare and FFB stealing would be minimal,” he said.

Halikinnor said about the pillage to the big private companies and plasma claim for about 20%. He thought, the issues always come up because the plasma purchase is by the outer parties of the village or regency and the plasma harvest would be enjoyed more by the buyers, not the local. “When establishing the cooperation, the local was registered as the members of cooperation. But after they get harvests, the other enjoy the trade,” he said.

To solve the issue, Halikinnor emphasized that after having replanting program in plasma plantations, the members of cooperation should be returned to the original owners that were registered as the members of cooperation since it was established.

“They should be forbidden to trade plasma (plantations) from the big private companies namely for the new established cooperations. The members proposed in the decision of calon petani calon lahan (CPCL) should really pay attention to the local who stay around the big private companies. I do hope the decision would make investment in this regency be better,” he hopoed. (T2)