Stop palm oil plantation development in Lembah Kebar, Tambrauw, West Papua
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My name is Jan. Recently I heard a heartbreaking news from my hometown in Kebar, Tambrauw District of West Papua.
People say that our land will be converted into oil palm plantations. I immediately remember my late father. If he were still alive, he would be firmly refused this.
My late father and most Tambrauw people were nomadic and intermediary farmers. Perhaps many people think this way is left behind because of not using agricultural technology. But keeping nature in harmony is very important for us. From nature, we can get food to eat.
When I was a kid, our family had cattle farm. We let cows grazed in the pastureland. During the dry season, we often spend time on the riverside for fishing, diving, and just relaxing. We also go to the sago hamlet to cut sago. In the rainy season, we started planting groundnut, corn, cassava, sugarcane, and vegetables without chemical fertilizers. There are some families and communities doing poultry farming such as chickens, ducks, goats and pigs.
Imagine what could happen if our customary land changed to oil palm plantation. Many people will lose farm lands and other livelihood such as hunting, poultry and fish breeding. Besides, we will also lose the customary lands that inherited from ancestors. We are also afraid of the disappearance of local languages and wisdom.
Moreover, we believe that oil palm plantations will not bring much benefit to indigenous people. So who is it for?
Currently, I am studying in Jogja. Tambrauw citizens were contacted students here to find out about this palm plantation. It was originally the recommendation of Tambraw Regent No. 551/296/2015 on the Licensing of Food Crops and Processing of 19,368 ha of land in Kebar and Senopi District to PT Bintuni Agro Prima, part of Salim Group.
But then the Minister of Forestry gave permission to do conversion of land that should be for food crops to be oil palm plantation through the Minister of Forestry Decree No. 873/Menhut-II/2014. It's like a joke.
Why is it a joke? The regent's permit comes out in 2015, while the Minister of Forestry decree comes out in 2014. Now you understand why we think there is a dirty game in the issuance of permits for oil palm plantations in Kebar.
The government arbitrarily brings in massive investments that do not consider the threat to life on earth. Especially indigenous people who inhabit and as owners of customary land rights in Kebar Valley.
We do not want to be silent and regret later if our land is damaged as happened in Sumatra, Sulawesi and Kalimantan. Therefore, we from IPMT (Student Association of Tambrauw) invite you who care about the environment and indigenous people to support this petition. Let’s call out our Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya to revoke the permit of Oil Palm Plantation in Kebar, Tambrauw District of West Papua
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