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Govt turns deaf ear on land claims: Agrarian reform group

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Wed, September 26 2018   /  01:22 am

While being lauded for setting an ambitious target on a land reform program, the government has also been criticized for denying thousands of claims on land that when combined, matches Jakarta in size.

The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) has issued a report on Agrarian Reform Priority Locations (LPRA) involving 444 non-forest areas that encompass more than 650,000 hectares in total and that should be certified. Some of the land are disputed.

There were at least 659 cases of agrarian conflict in 2017, covering around 520,000 ha of land and involving more than 650,000 households.

The group claimed that the government was wasting time in looking for parcels of land to be certified and people to receive the deeds, while land is actually available and have been suggested to the government.

“If the government wants to reach the target of distributing 9 million h...