Siak, 6 May 2021 – Carp livestock groups that are part of the Jabang Tutuka Fish Group in Bukit Agung Village, Kerinci Kanan Subdistrict, Siak Regency, received thousands of fish seeds along with hundreds of sacks of feed during Ramadan 2021.
The fish seeds provided by Asian Agri via its operations PT IIS Buatan aimed to support the economic recovery of the community in Bukit Agung Village amidst the pandemic. The aid were distributed at a handover ceremony on April 28, 2021, where Lindu Simatupang of PT IIS Public Relations met Bukit Agung Village officials and fish breeders.
“We are very grateful to Asian Agri – PT IIS for the carp seeds and the feed. We really hope this will help the local family economy,” said Ekoyono, Chairman of the Jabang Tutuka Fish Group.
According to Ekoyono, there are 20 members of the Jabang Tutuka Fish Group in Bukit Agung Village, which has 5 ponds with various types of fish. “We really hope that this carp livestock cultivation will be successful because we have already cultivated catfish and tilapia, livestock with relatively quicker economic turnover,” he said.
A one year-old carp can be harvested to meet various demands. “So far, our market is growing. Apart from family needs, we also sell them at the Pangkalan Kerinci Market at competitive prices,” he said.
The assistance has raised hopes and morale among members of the Babang Tutukan Fish Group, inspiring fish breeders to achieving better results from their ponds.
Mr Lindu said that the company’s support for the community had come at a challenging during amidst the pandemic, and hoped the assistance would help villagers create an additional income stream.
Romli, a neighbourhood head, said that he was proud and grateful that the community had received the assistance from Asian Agri. “With the help of the fish seeds, we hope our residents’ incomes will increase, and that poverty in the community can be further reduced,” he said.
At a separate location, the Head of Bukit Agung Village, Parlaungan Panjaitan, acknowledged Asian Agri contributions to the progress of society through its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program. “We are grateful for the assistance and hope to very soon realize its full benefits,” he said
Asian Agri is a palm oil producer that is part of the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies. RGE manages a group of resource-based manufacturing companies with global operations.
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 25,000 people. A pioneer of the Indonesian government’s Trans-National Government Migration (PIR-Trans) program, Asian Agri currently works with 30,000 Plasma Scheme smallholders in Riau and Jambi who operate 60,000 hectares of palm oil plantations, and independent smallholders who manage a total 41,000 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.
Asian Agri (PT Inti Indosawit Subur) is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2006. More than 86% of its owned plantations in North Sumatra, Riau & Jambi provinces and 100% of Plasma Scheme smallholder plantations in Riau & Jambi provinces have been RSPO certified. All its owned plantations and those owned by scheme smallholders ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification) certified since 2014. In 2019, the company also achieved 100% ISPO (Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil) certification.
The company’s operations are ISO 14001 certified, while its Learning Institute and nursery research center in 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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