Thursday, 19 September 2019

BPK Finds Plethora of Problematic Palm Oil Plantations

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) announced that it had completed a thorough audit on Indonesian provinces, revealing a large number of palm oil plantations.

    “The plantation implementation process that started in the 1980s presented a variety of issues that must be solved,” said Rizal Djalil, Member IV of the Indonesian BPK, at the BPK headquarters in Jakarta.

    The issues, according to him, consist of plantations that have yet to be equipped with proper business permits, plantations that have yet to meet the “plasma obligation”, those that opened plantations without a proper government permit, and plantations that were established over protected lands.

    However, he balked at elaborating the names or the vast amount of lands used by the companies committing the violations. He only hinted that they were companies that were listed in the stock exchange, which include “major players.”

    He said his institution had partnered with the National Police (Polri) and the Attorney General’s Office as some of the violations were considered as criminal offenses.

    The problematic palm oil plantations, according to the BPK member, were spread in areas measuring thousands of hectares in North Sumatra, Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, Lampung, Central Kalimantan, and West Kalimantan.

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