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Revised Crop Cultivation Law disadvantages small-scall farmers: NGOs

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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JAKARTA   /   Wed, October 9, 2019   /  02:04 pm
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A farmer sprays insecticide on his crops in a rice field near Denpasar, Bali. NGO activists said the revision of the 1992 law on sustainable crop cultivation still puts small-scale farmers at a disadvantage.(Antara/Nyoman Budhiana)

Just when he thought he had complied with the law, Munirwan, a farmer from Aceh, was arrested in August for distributing IF8 rice seeds without a permit and certification. The local police said they had solid grounds to prosecute Munirwan because he allegedly violated the 1992 Crop Cultivation Law that prohibits small-scale farmers from distributing the new seeds without a formal permit from the related authorities. Besides being involved in farming activities, Munirwan is a village head in North Aceh regency and the president director of PT Bumades Nisami Indonesia (BNI), which distributes seeds to local farmers. “He was legally processed not as a farmer or the head of the village but as the president director of PT BNI,” the local police told Kompas.com following his arrest. But Munirwan said he had reported the distributi...