Indonesia: Farmers protest against conversion of land into industrial forest concession by PT Sadhana Arifnusa, allege loss of livelihoods

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10 April 2013

Response by PT Sadhana Arifnusa: Indonesia: Farmers protest against conversion of land into industrial forest concession by PT Sadhana Arifnusa, allege loss of livelihoods.

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Article
9 April 2013

[DOC] PT Sadhana Arifnusa response to alleged displacement of farmers in Lombok Tengah, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Author: PT Sadhana Arifnusa

“…PT Sadhana has operated on Lombok Island for more than 17 years. Sadhana operates on a system by using partnership farmers to grow Virginia Tobacco. Also providing a number of addtional programmes for empowering and uplifting its partner farmers. Sadhana has always operated the largest, and most succesful number of farmer–company partnerships on the Island…PT Sadhana Arifnusa has full legal rights to operate within the forest area in question…”

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Article
28 February 2013

Lombok Tengah farmers protest against land conversion [Indonesia]

Author: Panca Nugraha, Jakarta Post

Around 150 farmers taking part in the Community-based Forest (HKm) program in Mareje Bongak forest areas...staged a demonstration in front of the...governor's office in Mataram…They were protesting against the conversion of their agricultural land into industrial forest concession (HTI) areas managed by a private company. The farmers…rejected the expropriation by a private company of the land they have managed since 1998…Since the end of December 2012…PT Sadhana Afir Nusa (SAN) began activities in the forest areas, saying it had obtained an HTI license from the Forestry Ministry. “...We are urging them to stop the land-clearing because it’s destroying our livelihoods,” said [a local resident]...[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited PT Sadhana Arifnusa to respond. Response below]

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