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New land law should address agrarian crises

  • Yustus Yosep Maturbongs

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 9, 2019   /  10:28 am
New land law should address agrarian crises Indonesia is facing five agrarian crises: ownership disparity between investors and farmers, growing conflict between stakeholders in the industry, widespread ecological damage, rapid change in designation of function from farming purposes to nonfarming purposes and poverty as a result of the ownership disparity. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

While the public was debating the government’s decision to relocate Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan, there were fears that the House of Representatives would ratify the draft land bill in September. Thankfully, the deliberation of the bill and a number of others were delayed. Experts and environmentalists had criticized what they feared would be a hasty decision to pass a land bill they deemed to be inadequate in terms of handling land-related problems. Indonesia is facing five agrarian crises: ownership disparity between investors and farmers, growing conflict between stakeholders in the industry, widespread ecological damage, rapid change in designation of function from farming purposes to nonfarming purposes and poverty as a result of the ownership disparity. The new land law should at least address these five agrarian crises. The latest draft land ...

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