Agrarian reform should favor farmers
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National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman, Muhaimin Iskandar, wants the government to complete agrarian reform as soon as possible for the sake of farmers.
According to Muhaimin, who is also the manpower and transmigration minister, agrarian reform would settle conflicts between farmers and other parties and prevent such problems from recurring.
“Relentless conflict is caused by a lack of clarity on three factors: land regulation, the function of land and the social role of land,” he said.
“Agrarian reform in these three areas is absolutely needed,” Muhaimin said as quoted by Antara news agency on Thursday.
He added that the 1960 Law on Agriculture was no longer relevant and should be revised in favor of farmers, because they constituted the majority of the country’s population.
“The poor farmers in rural areas must be empowered,” Muhaimin said, adding that the state would be able to solve complicated problems and social conflicts after agrarian reform was put in place.