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Forest fires in Sumatra fall into the category of national disaster and are immediately taken over by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). Head of BNPB Syamsul Maarif already a week leading the operation of smoke control Riau make the Singapore and Malaysia government shouted because their citizens cough.
To reduce the number of hotspots, BNPB performs a variety of ways, including artificial rain by spreading salt in the clouds. Last Thursday, three Hercules and Casa flights transported seven tons of salt for sowing in Bengkalis, Kuantan Sengingi, Kampar and Dumai areas.
Even so, the fire point is still a lot. This afternoon shows still many hotspots visible from the air, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data Center of Information and Public Relations BNPB via BlackBerry message received merdeka.com, last Thursday.
In contrast to BNPB, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and other environmental activists reported 117 oil palm plantation companies and Industrial Plantation Forest Companies to the Ministry of Environment. They are believed to be the culprits of forest fires in Sumatra.
Executive Director of Walhi Riau Rico Kurniawan the emergence of 300 hotspots in Riau this year allegedly because licensing is not based on adequate assessment. If it has an environmental assessment, HTI and plantation industry practices are far from being responsible, he said.
Muhnur Satyahaprabu Walhi National Executive Policy and Defense Policy Manager, said the 117 companies were held responsible for fires in their concession areas. He acknowledges it is difficult to prove, but there is a strong allegation that companies are asking people to burn forest when opening new land.
If you talk about who burned, the company did not, but he was responsible for what happened in his area, he said. He assessed forest fires every year because of the lack of government oversight.
Muhnur pointed out, overlapping permits for land for oil palm plantations or Industrial Plantation Forest. From Walhi's note, there are 24 such cases in Riau.
Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Agung Laksono claimed not to know the number of foreign companies from 11 suspected forest burners arrested Riau Regional Police. I do not know how many foreigners. "[Fas]