Palm estates expected to rise by 200,000 hectares a year
Author: Roni Bintang
A worker collects palm fruits at a palm plantation at Langkat in Indonesia's North Sumatra province January 12, 2013. Palm estates sprawl across around 8.5 million hectares in Indonesia, and that number is expected to rise by about 200,000 hectares a year for next decade. Hadi Daryanto, secretary general at Indonesia's forestry ministry, told Reuters he hoped it would be extended. "The ministry of forestry would like to continue the moratorium and provide degraded land for business," said Daryanto, whose ministry is legally responsible for the economic and ecological management of Indonesia's forests. Picture taken January 12, 2013.