Indonesia: Fires destroy hundreds of hectares

Fires destroy hundreds of hectares

(Source : The Jakarta Post, June 18, 2004)


Hundreds of hectares of plantations in Jambi province, including palm oilplantation, had been burned since early June this year, causing huge monetary losses for local residents and plantation companies working in thearea.
Frans Tandipau, an official at the Jambi provincial forestry office, said that the widespread burning was caused by human neglect, the dry season andshifting cultivation. 
He said on Thursday that fires had burned plantations in 52 locations, including Muarojambi, Batanghari and Bungoregencies. 


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