Padang, January 25, 2024 – Asian Agri, through its business units in North Sumatra, Riau, and Jambi, has provided essential food packages (sembako) to communities surrounding its operational areas impacted by recent floods. The distribution of these aid packages took place from December 2023 to January 2024, covering a total of 14 villages across the three provinces.
These activities are part of the company’s commitment and corporate social responsibility to the local communities. In North Sumatra, PT Nusa Pusaka Kencana (PT. NPK) and PT Supra Matra Abadi (PT. SMA) distributed aid to two villages, Bahilang Village in Tebing Syahbandar Subdistrict, Serdang Berdagai Regency, and Teluk Panji Village in Kampung Rakyat Subdistrict, Labuhan Batu Selatan Regency.
In Riau province, aid was channeled through PT Inti Indosawit Subur (PT. IIS), PT Mitra Unggul Pusaka (PT. MUP), and PT. Rigunas Agri Utama (PT. RAU) to nine villages. These included three villages in Singingi Hilir Subdistrict, Kuantan Singingi Regency – Koto Baru Village, Sungai Paku Village, and Tanjung Pauh Village; one village in Langgam Subdistrict, Pelalawan Regency – Tambak Village; four villages in Peranap Subdistrict, Indragiri Hulu Regency – Semelinang Tebing Village, Pauh Ranap Village, Katipo Pura Village, and Gumanti Village; and one village in Pangkalan Kerinci Subdistrict, Pelalawan Regency – Pangkalan Kerinci Village.
PT IIS in Riau additionally handed over humanitarian aid through the Pelalawan Regency Social Affairs Office, comprising 1,000 kg of rice and 200 boxes of instant noodles, directly to flood victims in Pangkalan Kerinci Village on January 19, 2024.
Head of Pelalawan Regency Social Affairs Office, Ewin Rommel MARS, expressed gratitude to the company for the flood relief assistance. He stated, “This assistance is meaningful for the victims. The aid provided by all companies through the Social Affairs Office will be distributed along with the Flood Victim Handling Team of the Regency.”
“We hope for cooperation from companies in the Pelalawan Regency area to overcome the ongoing flood situation. Considering the flood has lasted nearly a month due to the overflow of the Kampar River caused by heavy rainfall, it is indeed concerning to see our brothers and sisters affected by this flood disaster,” Ewin added.
Furthermore, in Jambi province, PT Rigunas Agri Utama (PT. RAU) distributed aid to three villages – Tanjung Dani Hamlet, Tuo Sumay Village, and Teriti Village in Sumay Subdistrict, Tebo Regency, on January 22, 2024. PT. RAU provided 250 kg of rice, 50 boxes of instant noodles, and 50 trays of eggs to Tuo Sumay Village, received directly by the Village Secretary, Faizal Efendi.
Faizal Efendi expressed his thanks to the company for the aid, saying, “This assistance is crucial for the Tuo Sumay Village community. We hope the company continues to succeed, and the relationship between the village and the company improves even more in the future.”
Manager of Sustainability Operation and CSR at Asian Agri, Putu Grhyate Yonata Aksa, expressed concern for the flood victims in the three provinces, stating, “As a form of the company’s care for those affected by the flood, we provide assistance such as rice, instant noodles, cooking oil, and eggs with different allocations in the affected regions. To ensure the aid is distributed well and reaches the right recipients, the company coordinates with the local government in the allocation process.”
The total assistance provided by Asian Agri in the three provinces includes 4,550 kg of rice, 310 boxes of instant noodles, 100 liters of cooking oil, and 108 trays of eggs.
About Asian Agri :
Asian Agri is one of Indonesia’s largest palm oil producers. Founded in 1979, the company today manages 100,000 hectares of plantation land and employs over 20,000 people. A pioneer of the Indonesian government’s Trans-National Government Migration (PIR-Trans) program, Asian Agri currently works with 30,000 Scheme smallholders in Riau and Jambi who operate 60,000 hectares of oil palm plantations, and independent smallholders who manage more than 39,000 hectares.
Implementing a strict “no burn” policy since 1994 and best practices in sustainable plantation management, Asian Agri has helped its smallholder partners improve productivity, yield and supply chain traceability, while assisting them obtain certifications. The company’s mills are technologically advanced and energy self-sufficient, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.
All business units of Asian Agri has the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Currently, all Asian Agri’s plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and Scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified. In addition, ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) has been achieved by all plantations owned by Asian Agri and the smallholders it supports.
The company’s operations (CPO mills and KCPs) are ISO 14001 certified, while its Learning Institute and nursery research center in Pelalawan, Riau province, Indonesia are both ISO 9001 certified. Asian Agri’s laboratory at the Center for Research and Development in Tebing Tinggi is accredited by the National Accreditation Committee under the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA).
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