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Jakarta Post

Plantations engulfed in land disputes

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 4 2019   /  12:38 am

Land of the loss: An aerial photo taken on Tuesday shows the Muarajambi tempel compound surrounded by a palm oil plantation at Kemingking Luar, Jambi.(Antara/Wahdi Septiawan)Though the number of land disputes has decreased this year, the government is faced with resolving issues over vast swathes of land.

The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) revealed on Thursday that there was a drop in the number of agrarian conflicts last year, from 659 conflicts in 2017 to 410 in 2018.

But in terms of the amount of land involved, the number increased to more than 807,000 hectares of land from 520,488 ha in 2017.

The plantation, property and agriculture sectors were riddled with the most disputes.

The KPA revealed 144 cases, or 35 percent of the total number of agrarian conflicts, involved the plantation sector, which deals with 591,640 ha of land, followed by the property a...