Plan formally announced in August will see 1.5 million people move to brand-new asset, but both residents and conservationists have conveyed deep concerns
Sugio’s orchard is his life’s work and a great source of pride for the 79 -year-old resident of Tengin Baru village in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan. The orchard sits back from the main road, which in places is no more than a potholed move that parts through jungles and hamlets. The plot of land is tranquil and filled with birdsong.
For 42 times Sugio has fostered his hectare, diligently seeding a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. He points out corn, durian, rambutan, spice and sugared potato planneds; ducks and chickens wander around in the afternoon sun.” We got everything we need here ,” he says.” Our family can’t even eat everything before it bungles, so we sell it at world markets. Our life is already perfect .”
But he worries it might not be perfect much longer. The future of Sugio’s farm is under threat because it baby-sits on property that has been earmarked for the site of Indonesia’s new uppercase, which is set to be moved from Jakarta to the sparsely-populated regencies of Kutai Kartanegara and Penajam Paser Utara on small island developing of Borneo.