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Why farmers burn land in Indonesia

Darwis, a 52 year old farmer, who works on a half-hectare of government-owned farmland in Pelalawan, Riau, describes how cheap it is to clear land using fires to make way for farming land, compared to if one has to use cleavers to cut trees and clean up tree roots with hoe.

With a box of matches and some gasoline --which are cheap for Indonesians--, he said hectares of land can be burnt, as fire is typically quick to spread during the dry season, the perfect time for traditional farmers to prepare the land.

Craig Tribolet, 
Strategic Fire and Protection Manager APRIL
Craig Tribolet, 

Strategic Fire and Protection Manager APRIL

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