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Indonesia does not break the regime of self-isolation even during the Eid al-Fitr holiday

22.05.2020 78 просмотров

In the world's largest Muslim country, Indonesia, with a population of almost 270 million, workers on a palm plantation are getting ready to welcome the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid al-Fitr with colleagues.

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> This year in Indonesia, workers on the Indragiri Hilir plantation, on the island of Sumatra (Riau district), will be deprived of the opportunity to take a vacation and go home to see relatives and friends, uniting with them on the occasion of the celebration at the same table. Jakarta has urged the public to stay in their permanent jobs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

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"I feel safe here because the company cares about us: we are given vitamins and personal protective equipment - masks and gloves, social distancing between us," plantation worker Muhammad Saleh said. "But still, I'm sad because we can't go home to see our parents."

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Oil palm plantations in Riau County, bordering Malaysia and Singapore, cover an area of over million hectares. The fact is that oil palms should grow from each other at a distance of at least 3 meters. On average, a tree lives 25 years, and the total duration of the period of active fruiting is 13-15 years. After that, the palm trees are cut down. According to the rules of reclamation, re-planting on such a site is allowed only after 7 years.

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