Hoax 8 : The transportation of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) and crude palm oil (CPO) causes severe damage to roads in oil palm plantations
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The transportation of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) and crude palm oil (CPO) causes severe damage to roads in oil palm plantations ?
Roads are public facilities, the provision of which can only be carried out by the government in accordance to the prevailing laws and regulations. Roads are needed both by residents and for the movement of all goods and services between regions. Therefore, the provision of road infrastructure, in quantity, quality and coverage, is needed in accordance to development.
Based on data from the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry in 2015, the number of damaged roads, with either severe or light damage, reaches 6 percent of the total length of the national roads. If we look at the distribution of damaged roads in each province (see the table below), the highest percentage of damaged roads is in North Sumatra, Papua, West Papua, Central Sulawesi and Central Kalimantan. Meanwhile, the lowest percentage occurred in the provinces of North Maluku, Bangka Belitung, NTB and West Sulawesi.
Table : Percentage of damaged roads in each province
|Province||Percentage of damaged roads||Province||Percentage of damaged roads|
|North Sumatra||18.9||West Sumatra||1.79|
|East Kalimantan||5.58||East Nusa Tenggara*||1.30|
|Southeast Sulawesi*||5.28||West Java*||1.08|
|West Kalimantan||4.78||East Java*||0.97|
|North Sulawesi*||3.80||West Sulawesi*||0.18|
|Riau*||3.42||West Nusa Tenggara*||0.09|
|South Sumatera||2.38||Bangka Belitung*||0.05|
Based on the distribution of road damage, it can be seen that road damage is not related to the presence or absence of oil palm plantations. Provinces that do not have oil palm plantations such as Papua, West Papua, Central Sulawesi and Southeast Sulawesi also have a relatively large percentage of damaged roads. In contrast, the areas of oil palm plantations such as Jambi and South Kalimantan actually have a relatively small percentage of road damage.