Strengthen Regulation to Prevent Over Land Function

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Wednesday, January 17 2018 - 23:00 IWST

Petani Tembakau (ist)
Petani Tembakau (ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The existing regulations are assessed to be truly strengthened in order to prevent the continued spread of agricultural land functions into various other functions unrelated to the national food sector.

"A lot of wetlands are converted to dry land and then used for industrial, housing and so on, even though it is actually agricultural land," said Deputy Chairman of Legislative Board Firman Soebagyo, Tuesday (16/1/2018).

According to him, with more land conversion, the new land protection and rice field printing program will be highly constrained.

For that, he stated in the future it will brew Draft Law on Agricultural Culture System which aims to protect agricultural land.

One of the things that need to be strengthened in the regulation is about the possibility of sanctions for those who do land productive land conversion.

Word reminded that the various world governments are currently very focused on meeting the food needs of its citizens.

This, he continued, because every year population growth soared so that the need to meet food supplies and energy is also increasingly swell.

As quoted by Antara, DPD Secretary of the Central Sulawesi Entrepreneurs Association (Apindo) Achrul Udaya expects the central and local governments to give serious attention to stop the conversion of agricultural land for non-agricultural needs.

"If the conversion of agricultural land is allowed to continue, then the government program to do the printing of new fields will not succeed as expected," he said in Palu, Tuesday (16/1).

In Central Sulawesi, Achrul said, until now there is a lot of change of agricultural lands into housing. If the transfers continue, the new paddy field printing program to increase the production of food commodities will not work as expected.

Land use transfer is also proclaimed in a number of areas such as the Agriculture and Food Security Agency (DPKP) of Jambi City which states that the area of ​​paddy fields in the area continues to shrink due to the transfer of function.

"Now the area of ​​rice planting is only 1,000 hectares, whereas the previous year there was about 1,400 hectares," said Jambi Head of Agriculture and Food Security Agency, Damiri in Jambi, Monday (18/12).

According to him, the conversion of rice fields is due to the community choosing the land to be processed for other businesses such as for the construction of a store house because it is considered more promising than the farm.

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