Jambi, December 10, 2017 – The Association of Indonesian Economists (ISEI) visited farmers in Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA; Prosperous and Fire-Aware Villages) program, also known as the Integrated Forestry and Farming System (IFFS). The IFFS was established in collaboration between farmers and APP Sinar Mas forestry unit PT Wira Karya Sakti (WKS) in Dataran Kempas village, Tebing Tinggi, West Tanjung Jabung regency. Also present during the visit were West Tanjung Jabung Regent Safrial, ISEI chairman Muliaman Hadad, ISEI Jakarta chair Halim Alamsyah, ISEI secretary-general Aviliani and ISEI members.
The IFFS seeks to assist locals in cultivating horticultural crops (vegetables and fruits), breeding farm animals and fish and processing food for self-consumption and for sale. APP facilitates the whole process, including providing the tools and seeds, guiding the farmers and marketing the products. Dataran Kempas villagers produce compost, cultivate tilapia, breed sheep, and cultivate red ginger and horticulture plants.
ISEI chairman Muliaman Hadad said that the IFFS was a breakthrough in collaborative development. “APP collaborates with the people living around its concession lands. The company not only improves the region’s economic value but also empowers the people and is a really good model,” he added.