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Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food build community learning centres in Jambi to expedite DMPA programme in strengthening food security

Posted: Mar 07, 2018 3 minute read SMART
  • As many as nine villages under the Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA) programme receive a total of IDR 900 million in aid
  • Community learning centres as part of the programme to improve public welfare in the target villages

SAROLANGUN, 7 March 2018 – The DMPA Programme run by Sinar Mas Agribusiness drew a curtain on yet another successful year in Jambi with reduced hotspots and fires in nine villages in Sarolangun District. In 2017, the number of hotspots and fire spots in villages participating in the programme dropped to two hotspots and one fire spot from 2016’s two hotspots and two fire spots, which came a long way from 213 hotspots and 130 fire spots seen in 2015.

The CEO of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food for Jambi plantation area Benjamin Josua said: “Picking up where we left off successfully with the programme we commenced in 2016, we’re happy to tell you that people in Sarolangun stayed alert and managed to minimise fires throughout 2017. The nine DMPA villages succeeded in fending fires off their areas and each village receive an aid of IDR 100 million to be used for procuring fire fighting facilities and equipment, funding the village’s Fire Aware Community (Masyarakat Siaga Api or “MSA”) team as well as for other public facilities.”

In the awarding ceremony held at Sarolangun, nine DMPA villages in Air Hitam Sub-district received a total of IDR 900 million in assistance for the provision of fire fighting facilities and equipment as well as public infrastructures. Prior to bestowing the award, assessments were conducted in each village in collaboration with the Sub-district Leadership Council (Muspika) of Air Hitam, with the assessment criteria including the occurrences of hotspots and fire incidents in the village, the MSA team performance and the responsive support from the Local Government as well as the communities.

The impact of the programme is increasingly evident while public awareness of fire hazard is progressively established. This can be seen from the significant number of people who have practiced land cultivation without burning. They have realised that there will be numerous negative impacts from using burning method, including those on human and soil health in addition to legal sanctions and material losses.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry also resounds the important roles the MSA plays in preventing fires by carrying out a similar programme. Recently the Ministry announced its plan to establish and foster the Fire-Concerned Community (Masyarakat Peduli Api or “MPA”) in 100 villages in East Kalimantan after setting up the MPA in 200 villages in various locations prone to fires in Indonesia. Raffles B. Panjaitan, the Director of Forest and Land Fire Control at the Ministry, confirmed in his press release the importance of MPA’s part in preventing land and forest fires as it is capable of immediately suppressing small fires in its area1.

This year, the acceleration of food security programme under Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food’s DMPA platform in Jambi will be achieved through construction of community learning centres (pusat kegiatan belajar masyarakat or “PKBMs”) in villages that work with the Company. The PKBMs are expected to provide a learning platform with respect to community development programmes aimed at the surrounding communities, especially farmers through sustainable agriculture programmes. The Company will build facilities and facilitate relevant programmes in order to enable the community to learn and directly practice sustainable farming methods as well as run the appropriate programmes for their respective village with technical guidance provided by the Company’s agricultural experts.

“One of the important initiatives we’d take this year is accelerating the implementation of the DMPA food security programme – with developments of the PKBMs in target villages. It is expected that these learning centres would be able to offer solutions to the community so they are capable of cultivating their land without burning. It is also expected to help improve the people’s welfare. As a pilot project, we’ll build a PKBM which facilitates three surrounding villages which we’ll then evaluate and improve. We want to set a clear example to the community that they can keep farming and prospering without resorting to burning method,” concluded Benjamin.

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For more information, please contact:
Wulan Suling
Head of Corporate Communications
wulan.suling@sinarmas-agri.com | +62 818 909 900

 


1 http://ppid.menlhk.go.id/siaran_pers/browse/1085

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