Golden VerOleum plans to acquire 200,00 hectares in south-eastern Liberia. The target areas are Grand Kru, Maryland, River Cess, River Gee and Sinoe counties. The export plans are based on a plantation system in which there are about 10 hectares for each worker.
Gorontalo Vice Governor Gusnar Ismail said the South Korean investor, PT Harim Group, was also planning to build six silos with a combined storage capacity of 6,000 tons to support its corn exporting activity.
Henry Saragih, Ketua Umum Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) menyesalkan langkah yang diambil pemerintah untuk mendongkrak produksi padi nasional melalui program food estate. Pengembangan food estate justru bertentangan dengan upaya pemerintah mendorong ekonomi kerakyatan, khususnya ekonomi kaum tani.
Local provincial governments are working hard to develop farmland in other countries -- Russia, Cambodia, Mongolia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Paraguay, Uruguay -- because it’s cheaper than relying on imports
The planned expansion of plantations in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia should be immediately suspended and reviewed amid concerns over massive deforestation and widespread exploitation of local communities, environmentalists warned today.