92 years of longing paid off through the land redistribution of land certificate from the Government
The peasants in Mangkit Village, North Sumatera, Indonesia can finally sigh a relief when finally the land in the village is officially redistributed by the Government. The state, through the ministry of Agrarian and Spatial / National Land Agency recognises and issues the certificate for the land which once owned by PT Asiatik Company
The ceremony organized on October 29, 2018 in the village, being attended by Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency, Mr. Sofyan Djalil, and Secretary General of Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA), Ms. Dewi Kartika.
The locals were being represented by Minahasa Peasants Union (SPM), and directly received the certificate from the Minister. The land is redistributed to 313 families who reside on 444,46 hectares of land.
The land is included is the Agrarian Reform Priority Location (LPRA) proposed by KPA, collectively with the people’s organisation since 2017.
During a separate event, SPM Leader, Mr. Simon Aling confirmed that the struggle will not stop here, he instead have prepared plans and strategies after the redistribution, such as production system decelopment, cooperative, and anything related to the reform post struggle. Mangkit village is also currently being prepared to be DAMARA (Agrarian Reform Advanced Village). DAMARA itself is a combination and synergy between agrarian reform and village development proposed by the KPA as an alternative to respond to the inequality, poverty, and urban-rural relation gap resulted from the current economy-politic growth. DAMARA covers changes in land tenure, land use, land governance, land production, and land consumption which centred to the smallhodlers and the landless.
DAMARA wishes to bring the people-centred land governance through the cooperative or credit union business scheme, as well fair trade and distribution. This can be achieved by initiating participatory spatial planning, and recover the land tenure inequality.
Such initiatives can only be delivered once the land certificate is redistributed to the community, and Mangkit village has proven that no result shall betray efforts that have been taken.
*News source and story by Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA)