Header-farmlandgrab-en3
Icon-globe   Icon-fb   Icon-twitter   Icon-rss  
Home About events Gallery Publish
Subscribe
Help

Who's involved?

Archives

Languages

Special content

Reclaim our lands, Resist land grabbing, says farmers group
Published: 31 Mar 2012
Posted by: Arnold Padilla
Posted in:  AGRA | Indonesia
Comments (0) Print Email this

Jambi, INDONESIA --  The Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), led the farmers of Pandan Lagan village to reclaim their lands.

The AGRA is an active  member of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) in Indonesia.

“In 1982, people from Java and other province migrated to Pandan Lagan  as part of the government program. In 1986, the  government  developed  an irrigation within the 1,200 hectares of lands with the promise to distribute the land among the farmers  (2hectares per people),” according to Ipang, coordinator AGRA- Jambi.

 

“Since then, the  people cultivated their land. They planted rice, corn, vegetable and other crops.  The local government gave them land ownership statement for making their land productive for some years;” added Ipang.

“‘However, in  2001 the district government t granted  a permit to PT. Kaswari Unggul, a palm oil company, on the same land occupied by the people. Since then, the company started bulldozing the  agricultural crops without notice and compensation,” remarked  Rahmat Ajiguna, APC deputy secretary general and AGRA secretary general.

“In the concession letter, the company should buy the land to from the affected  villagers…. The people never sold their land. Why does the company still exist in the village?”, the farmer leader stressed.

“We started to organize them in 2008 and we began our  collective protests. .On  26th of March,  together with AGRA -Jambi, we started to reclaim our lands. This is our 5th day, and the people will remain in their lands,” Rahmat said.

“We call on the Indonesian government to stop Land Grabbing and immediately revoke the permit of PT Kaswani. We demand for  Genuine  Agrarian Reform,” Rahmat ended.

The AGRA said this militant action  coincides with the APCs  9th anniversary on March 29. The APC launches on Thursday the year-long celebration of “A Decade of APC” that will end on March 29, 2013. 




Post a comment
Name

Email address (optional - if you want a reply)

Comment

Cambodia: Sugar for the EU is destroying our land. Sign the petition to tell EU to stop supporting land grabbing in Cambodia.


Urgent appeal: Arbitrary detention and continued judicial harassment against members of the Malen Land Owners and Users Association


Call for mobilisation: West African caravan for land, water and seeds


Who's involved?

31 Mar 2016 - Valencia
World Forum on Access to Land
Smallfh_11230925_878959872194209_3081895530421749251_n Spacer
14 Jun 2016 - London
Agrimoney Investment Forum
Smallfh_screen shot 2016-01-20 at 11 Spacer
06 Jul 2016 - New York
Executive training program on sustainable investments in agriculture
Smallfh_home-feature Spacer


Languages



Archives