Sampit, Central Kalimantan. The government of East Kotawaringin district in Central Kalimantan has told palm oil plantation company Agro Bukit to temporarily halt part of its operations for allegedly violating its concession permit.
"We have sent the company an official letter in which we tell them to stop their activities in an area of 51 hectares because the area is still disputed," Hawianan, a senior district official, told reporters on Tuesday, the state-run news agency Antara reported.
Agro Bukit is part of the Agro Group, which is controlled by Carson Cumberbatch, a Sri Lankan company owned by tycoon Hari Selvanathan.
According to Hawianan, the palm oil company has violated its permit by planting outside the agreed concession area.
The official said the company was in talks with the company, which claims that the disputed area is included in its concession, he added.
"The company can claim that the area is included in their permit. But as long as they can't provide the evidence, we will take over the land," Hawianan said.