In mid-2012, the Regent of Batanghari issued a license for PT Inti Citra Agung (PT ICA) to establish an oil palm plantation in a concession area of 7,800 hectares. The area spreads in 9 villages in Mersam District. Mersam District is a paddy producing district and most inhabitants of those 9 villages are food farmers. Paddy farmers of Mersam Village think that if PT ICA is allowed to establish an oil palm plantation in their village the impact on the food and water resource area would be catastrophic. The forest area also provides rattan for the community, which they process into various kinds of tools for their daily activities. If the government wants Self-Food-Sufficiency in the form of rice, it has to revoke the license of PT ICA, said members of the community of Mersam Village, who reject PT ICAs oil palm project. They fear that approximately 1,000 hectares of rice-field land would be damaged and lost if an oil palm plantation is established in their village.