Merangin Land Grabbing Case Study, Indonesia

Tanjung Benuang Village is located at the foothill of Mount Tungkat in Sungai Tenang Subdistrict, Merangin District, Jambi Province. Previously, before the enactment of the Law No.5/1979 on Village, this village was one of ten villages of Koto Sepuluh indigenous peoples. It was previously called Tanjung Beringin. The village is composed of two hamlets, Tanjung Benuang Bawah and Tanjung Benuang Atas. The population of Tanjung Benuang Village is 217 families with total 881 people, with 438 males and 443 females. The settlement is generally scattered along the village road, although most of families own the huts in their dried fields. During the harvesting season, the people living in the huts usually leave their houses in order to protect their dried lands from the animal attacks. Tanjung Benuang Village is surrounded by hills. Tungkat hill is the closest with the status of a protected forest. There is also Sedingin hill which provides timber for daily uses in building houses. The people are usually using the forest products in Tungkat hill wisely, because they have to obey the village traditional rules, such as reporting to the forest protector and head of village to have a permit. It is forbidden to get the timber near the source of the river, hillside areas, and protected areas. They only use the timber for building the houses, public facilities like the mosques, etc. The people in Tanjung Benuang Village are skilled toolmakers from bamboo and rattan for their own needs. It is rare to find the people get the forest products for trading purposes.


Title: Merangin Land Grabbing Case Study, Indonesia
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: indigenous peoples
land grabbing
agricultural land
rice varieties
agrarian reform
Date: 16-Oct-2012
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Researches
Appears in Sub-Collections:Land grabbing


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