During an event for the Bali ‘complete systematic land registration programme,’ Indonesia’s Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning/ National Land Agency (ATR/BPN) Minister, Hadi Tjahjanto has urged against transforming traditional paddy field land plots in Bali into building structures, according to reporting from Tempo.
“We should always protect paddy fields for food security, some of the certificates I gave earlier were all paddy fields, and they promised not to convert the rice fields into buildings,” said the Minister on May 24.
In front of new land certificate owners at the event, Minister Hadi asserted that land certification over productive fields should help develop the local economy. However, he said it depends on local government policy, especially if productive fields are already included in the government spatial planning, say Tempo.
The ATR/BPN Ministry is currently working on 2,000-detailed spatial plans (RDTRs) throughout Indonesia, although currently only 144 RDTRs have been completed. This paves the way for investors to enter the scene once an area’s RDTR is completed.