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INPUTRAKYAT_MORUT,-PT. Agro Nusa Abadi (ANA) claims that it is committed and obeys the law while running its operations in North Morowali Regency. The company, which is engaged in oil palm plantations, also said that it has never ruled out coordination with the government and related institutions. This was revealed by the Community Development Officer of PT ANA, Robby S. Ugi through a press conference in the form of a gathering, Wednesday (11/15/2023).
According to him, North Morowali Regency has great potential in the oil palm plantation sector, which is a driving factor in regional progress and improving community welfare. He also touched on the issue of PT. ANA’s Right to Cultivate (HGU) which triggered misunderstandings in the midst of the community at this time.
“Since the beginning, PT ANA has continued to take care of the HGU certificate, but the National Land Agency (BPN) does not issue HGU certificates if the land status is not clear and clean,” he explained. So he said, it’s not that we don’t take care of the HGU certificate or ignore the rule of law, but this is the provision of BPN.
“This is what we are currently taking care of, because since PT ANA has been operating there are parties who claim the land,” he said.
His party is also conducting verification by cooperating with the village, sub-district, district and provincial governments to find out who the real land owner is.
“This verification is very important, because in one land, there can be 2 to 3 people who claim to own the same land,” said Robby.
In fact, the results verified in 2010, the total land claimed by the community was more than 21 thousand hectares.
“The area is three times the land requested by PT ANA for HGU, which is 7 thousand hectares,” he said.
He said that PT ANA has been present and operating since 2007, based on Law No.18 of 2004 concerning Plantations which states that companies can operate with IUP or HGU.
“So I think it is wrong when PT ANA is accused of violating the law for operating for a dozen years without HGU,” said Robby.
“The basis for the accusation is the Constitutional Court decision no.138 of 2015, that companies must have HGU and IUP before they can operate,” he continued
He continued, it should be noted that all regulations cannot apply retroactively, while in terms of history PT ANA was present since 2007, long before the Constitutional Court’s decision came out. Even so, PT ANA still obeys the law and tries to have a HGU certificate as a legal basis for operations on state land.