Smallhold farmers, experts call for policy change over oil palm plantations

Smallhold farmers, experts call for policy change over oil palm plantations

The Jakarta Post-News·2020-01-05 08:06

The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in forest areas has made it common for families in East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan regency with the largest areas of oil palm plantations in Indonesia to experience water shortages during dry seasons because of environmental damage. Having relied on monoculture oil palm plantations to earn a living since 2003, Sandi, 60, a small-scale oil palm farmer who lives in Karang Sari village in Parenggean district, has learned the need to cultivate oil palms productively and sustainably, saying that the current situation has often forced people to buy water for Rp 100,000 (US$7) per 100 liters because of shortages. "We have experienced this so often that it has become common now. The last water shortage happened for about three months last September and it was bad. Several other districts near here experienced ...

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