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January 24, 2021

Landowner Group opposes Oil Palm Development

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East New Britain Landowner Group opposes Oil Palm Development

An Incorporated Land Group in Kokopo has for the fist time made their stand against a multi-million kina oil palm development project.

The Vunaibu ILG of the Makuratabu along the Gelegele area is opposing a proposed oil palm development that will cover a greater portion of their customary land.

The ILG chairman, Blasius Vuvul says the dissatisfaction follows lack of consultations between the legitimate landowners and the developers.

Mr. Vuvul said the ILG will stage a planned protest march to stop the Malaysian oil palm development giant, Tzeng Niugini, and the Toubar investment from using their land.

The oil palm development has been creeping through various parts of East New Britain, bringing what are considered benefits, and also creating dissatisfaction amongst landowner groups.

The Vunaibu ILG says they are ready to challenge the land title issue in court.

A comment could not be obtained from Tzeng Niugini today.


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