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Jakarta Post

Government lacks funds to certify 5 million plots of land

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 7, 2017   /   06:25 pm
Government lacks funds to certify 5 million plots of land Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution and Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil talk after attending a limited Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Feb. 16. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has said the government did not have enough funds to meet the target of certifying 5 million plots of land this year.

“The agrarian and spatial planning minister has reported that there is a problem with the budget,” said Darmin as reported by in Jakarta on Friday, adding that the Rp 1.4 trillion (US$105 million) allocated in the 2017 state budget was only enough to certify 2 million plots of land.

The land certification program is part of the nation’s agrarian reform agenda, which is being carried out to provide legal certainly for landowners.

(Read also: Govt goes extra mile to accelerate land distribution)

Previously, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government was targeting to distribute 5 million hectares of land this year and 7 million ha next year. Usually, it usually only issues certification for 500,000 to 700,000 ha per year.

Darmin said the Finance Ministry would try to find a way of securing funds to finance the certification of the remaining 3 million plots of land.

As part of the land certification program, the government has developed a measuring system, said Darmin, adding that training and vocational programs were expected to produce land measuring professionals.

“We have to create a system for doing the job. The Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry will announce which villages will start receiving land certification,” Darmin added. (bbn)