Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 04/28/2010 5:28 PM
Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said on Wednesday that over 2 million hectares of forests had been converted illegally into oil palm plantations in the country.
Zulkifli made the statement during his meeting with the Anti Judiciary Mafia Task Force at the forestry ministry’s office.
He said that the illegal plantations firms were operated both in protected forests and conservation areas.
“We have mapped the areas of illegal plantations operated in forest areas,” he told the task force.
Task force head Kuntoro Mangkusubroto with all members attended the meeting.
Minister warned that any delay of law enforcement on the illegal oil palm plantations would further accelerate forest damages.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the task force to root out mafia in forestry sector.