PT ANA Returns Palm Oil Plantations to Bunta Villagers in North Morowali

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Illustration of palm oil plantation . Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021 / Vincent Nursalim

PALMOILMAGAZINE, PALU – The Central Sulawesi Province has announced significant progress in the rehabilitation of palm oil plantations. A total of 282.74 hectares of palm oil plantations, previously cultivated by PT Agro Nusa Abadi (PT ANA), a subsidiary of PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk., in the Morowali Utara Regency, have been returned to smallholders – the villagers of Bunta – following a rigorous reverification and revalidation process.

According to Ridha Saleh, an expert from the governor’s office, the palm oil return process involved extensive mediation efforts over the past 1.5 years, with 26 mediation sessions conducted among various stakeholders, including the village, sub-district, regency, PT ANA management, and provincial technical agencies.

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“While one village, Bungintimbe, is still undergoing detailed reverification, this process is progressing in phases due to the considerable area of palm oil plantations to be released, totaling over 600 hectares out of the total 941 hectares earmarked for release, including four other surrounding villages,” Ridha Saleh stated in Palu on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

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Meanwhile, Governor Rusdy Mastura of Central Sulawesi expressed appreciation to all parties involved in finding a solution, including PT ANA for their cooperation in resolving agrarian conflicts. The Central Sulawesi Province remains committed to providing the best possible solutions to all stakeholders involved in agrarian conflicts, with the aim of creating a safe and conducive environment and expediting the resolution of such conflicts in the province.

Rusdy also emphasized that it is important to get further action from the company in association with the plantation shrinking. The collaboration among legal officers should help maintain the conducive situation for the smallholders’ welfare in the regions.

These would be the sign of the regional government’s commitment to get agrarian conflict solution and support the smallholders to get their rights on their land. (T2)

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