KPA East Java Regional on the Establishing of Provincial Agrarian Reform Task Force

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Malang (kpa.or.id) – Agrarian problems are still one of the complicated problem in Indonesia. The high numbers of agrarian conflicts is an indication that the government has not yet serious in urging conflicts resolution and restructuring of the inequality in agrarian structure, especially in East Java.

Coordinator of KPA East Java, Muhammad Izzudin stated that the problems of agrarian conflict in East Java must be the focus of several parties, especially the governor. This is very crucial considering that East Java is one the provinces with the highest conflict eruptions in Indonesia.

“We recorded that the agrarian conflicts are rising significantly every year, making the East Java Province taking the first place in the agrarian conflict occurrences in Indonesia. The effects of this variable are the inequality of land ownership and the alarming fall of the peasants prosperity rate,” said Izzudin.

 

In the Agrarian Reform Priority Locations data belonging to KPA, it is recorded that the agrarian conflict in East Java with  total land areas width of 9.421,37 in the plantation sector and 18.521 Ha within forest areas, especially the ones claimed by Perhutani.

Izzudin assessed the agrarian reform program of President Jokowi are still very far away from the purposes of genuine agrarian reform. The issuing of Presidential Regulation No. 86/2018 on Agrarian Reform has given a breath of fresh air on agrarian reform agenda. However, in its actualization has not yet precise and maximal.

One of the mandates of that regulation is the establishing of Agrarian Reform Task Force (Gugus Tugas Reforma Agraria/GTRA) from the national to provincial and until the regency levels, encouraging the acceleration of conflict resolution and land redistribution. Recently, the East Java Provincial Government has formed that GTRA through Governor’s Decree on 2019 Agrarian Reform Task Force dated March 12th 2019. However, Izzudin views that the process of forming this GTRA has not yet involved the people’s participation, especially peasants movements.

"The absence of society’s elements in East Java GTRA was unfortunate, considering the mandate of that Presidential Regulation on Agrarian Reform is the involvement of society, people’s or academician in the GTRA works itself” said Izzudin.

So far, East Java KPA will keep seeking coordination for the data inventory of Agrarian Reform Priority Location (LPRA) that must be studies and followed-up on the 1st Coordination Meeting of East Java GTRA.

"Furthermore, in encouraging the actualization of Genuine Agrarian Reform, KPA of East Java will keep working on the strengthening of people’s organizations. The strengthening of network between agrarian reform movements has become very significant for accompanying the governor’s planning in the process of policy decision process related to agrarian justice, starting from overseeing the Draft of Regional Medium Term Development Plan”, added Izzudin. (Admin)

 

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