West Sulawesi Province Tackles Palm Oil Land Dispute Between PT Mamuang and Pasangkayu Villagers

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PALMOILMAGAZINE, MAMUJU – The West Sulawesi Provincial government is actively working to resolve the palm oil land conflict between PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk., and the villagers of Pasangkayu Regency.

“We are striving to manage the palm oil land conflict between PT Mamuang and the local villagers to find the best solution for both parties,” said Muhammad Iksan Mustari, Head of the Government Bureau and People’s Welfare at the West Sulawesi Secretariat, in Mamuju, as quoted Palmoilmagazine.com by Antara.

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He explained that the conflict began when villagers harvested palm oil (fresh fruit bunches or FFB) on land claimed by PT Mamuang. It is suspected that officials from the Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan (KPH) incited the villagers to harvest on plantations where PT Mamuang holds business rights.

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“The result of the provocation was that the local harvested FFB where PT Mamuan claimed as its and this triggered the conflicts,” he said.

The province and Regency of Pasangkayu planned to manage mediation to get the fair and peaceful solution. “We would take both parties to get the same dialogue and involve other stakeholders in Regency of Pasangkayu to get the solution,” Ihsan said.

Regency of Pasangkayu would get inventory about the area conflict to be the reference. “Inventory of the issue would be constructively conducted and in phase based on available regulations to solve the case with the authority and would not take longer,” he said.

Iksan hoped the mediation from the government would run well and get the best solution for both sides. “We hope the mediation would get the solution without harming the parties,” he said. (T2)

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