24 Feb '16, 12am

Durian farmers to march to Parliament to protest against bauxite mining

Durian farmers to march to Parliament to protest against bauxite mining

Durian planter Che Long Che Ali in one of the remaining durian orchards not yet leased to bauxite miners in Kuantan last week. Durian farmers are calling for tighter regulations on mining they say is destroying arable land and tainting the water they need to produce the ‘King of Fruits’. – Reuters pic, February 24, 2016. Durian farmers are calling for tighter regulations on mining they say is destroying arable land and tainting the water they need to churn out their crop. Farmers in major growing state, Pahang, plan to spend nearly two weeks marching more than 250km to Parliament to protest against the impact of bauxite mining on output of the food, sometimes described as Southeast Asia’s “King of Fruits”. Parts of Pahang have been transformed over the last few years by a mining boom to feed China’s appetite for bauxite, a key ingredient of aluminium. There has been a publ...

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