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Slash-and-burn practices lead to forest fires in S. Sumatra

  • Ansyor Idrus

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang | Wed, August 15 2012 | 08:17 am

PREMIUM Officials from the South Sumatra provincial administration have been puzzled by the insis-tence among local farmers in continuing their slash-and-burn practices to convert forests for the development of rubber and oil palm plantations.

Such practices constituted the number one cause of forest fires in South Sumatra, said Indra Purna, head of information and observation at Palembang’s Clim...