Photo: Coconut Plantation, owned by Tanjung Simpang Village residents, which was attacked by beetles
ARB INdonesia, INDRAGIRI HILIR – Dozens of trunks of coconut trenches Communities in Tanjung Simpang Village, Pelangiran District, Indragiri Hilir Regency, Riau suffered severe damage due to the attack of horn beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros).
This is thought to be a result of replanting (replanting) oil palm plantations owned by PT TH Indo Plantatons. Feeling disadvantaged by the replanting of the oil palm plantations, hundreds of local people staged a demonstration to demand compensation from the company on Thursday (10/1/2020).
In the action, the community accused the beetle pest of reproducing due to oil palm replanting which was deemed incompatible with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
As a result, coconut trees decay at the base of young leaves, because of the many horn beetles that descend. Kapala of Tanjung Simpang Village, Abu Nawas revealed, community coconut trees from 10 trenches were attacked by hornbill beetles, some coconut trees died and no longer produced coconut fruit.
As a result, local coconut farmers feel economically disadvantaged, it is estimated that farmers fail to harvest.
“Meanwhile farmers really need the cost of living and school fees for their children. We the community will demand compensation,” he said to the media crew, Thursday (01/10/2020).
Meanwhile, the march of mass action through Feri Irawan claimed, the case of the beetle pest attack also occurred on 30 December 2019, at that time the local community had held a meeting with the Village Head, Bhabinkamtibmas, BPD, Tomas.
“This time to follow up on the negligence of the company which is considered less attention to environmental impacts due to the rejuvenation of oil palm plantations,” he said.
Feri continued, in the demonstration this time, the company was directly confronted by the mass action. Attended by Regional Head representing PT THIP management, Siswanta Capah.
“From the meeting, the community and the company held a negotiation to agree on the demands of the mass action,” he said.
As a result of these negotiations, an agreement was reached to meet the demands of the community asking the PT TH Indo Plantatons company to approve and invite the Verification Team to continue the case, and count the dead coconut plants due to the horn beetle pest.
“Tomorrow, Friday, January 10, 2020, the company together with the head of the Tanjung Simpang village meet with the verification team at the Plantation Office to follow up on the verification activities,” he said Meanwhile, Regional Head said it had received demands from the action period including:
The first is related to the compensation of the coconut plantations of the people who died due to the attack of the horn beetle pest, met with the verification team to calculate how many hectares of damaged coconut plantations, and followed up the opening of river access which was blocked. (Arbain)