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Jakarta Post

Farmers say no to iron-sand mining

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 11 2012   /  07:24 am

Sand field farmers in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta, are strongly opposed to a plan proposed by the provincial administration to open an iron-sand mining project in their area, arguing that the plan will only cause them misery.

The farmers’ latest thoughts were expressed at a rally in front of the provincial legislative building on Monday, which was attended by 1,000 people.

Chairman of the Association of Kulonprogo Coastal Field Farmers (PPLP), Supriyadi, said that Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X had once told the farmers during a chili grand harvest in Kulonprogo, not to worry about the mining project plan.

He also told them to cultivate the idle lands. “We hold the sultan to what he said — that there will be no iron-sand mining in Kulonprogo,” Supriyadi said in his speech at the rally.

The farmers’ refusal of the plan was due to the planned ...