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Jakarta Post

Revised Crop Cultivation Law disadvantages small-scall farmers: NGOs

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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 following his arrest. But Munirwan said he had reported the distributi...