Jakarta, 17 April 2023 – In order to welcome the holy month of Ramadan and ahead of Eid al-Fitr, Asian Agri is holding premium cooking oil bazaars at affordable prices in 89 villages in 3 (three) provinces, namely North Sumatra, Riau and Jambi, on 3-15 April 2023. This is one of the forms of the Company’s support to the community to meet the demand for cooking oil during the fasting month.
Head of Operations Asian Agri, Omri Samosir said “This year, Asian Agri is again holding a cooking oil bazaar by allocating around 25,000 liters to village communities in the Company’s operational areas. This is in accordance with our commitment to maintain the supply of cooking oil for the community, so that they can easily get premium cooking oil at affordable prices.”
As is known that during the month of Ramadan, there is an increase in people’s need for cooking oil. Therefore, the existence of this bazaar activity can make it easier for villagers to get the premium cooking oil, Camar and Harumas brands, at a price of IDR 15,000/liter.
The Head of the South Labuhanbatu Industry and Trade Office, Jungjung Harahap, who took part in inaugurating one of the Asian Agri bazaar activities at Kebun Teluk Panji, Labuhanbatu Selatan, North Sumatra, said, “We are very grateful for Asian Agri’s concern in holding a cooking oil bazaar at affordable prices in the region. As we know that the price of basic necessities always increases before the feast. This activity can ease the burden on our residents in fulfilling their basic needs.”
In line with Jungjung Harahap, Head of Badang Sepakat Village, Tungkal Ulu District, West Tanjung Jabung Regency, Jambi, Ali Sudarto, who is also inaugurated the Asian Agri bazaar in Jambi, really appreciated this bazaar activity. “This activity is very enthusiastically welcomed by our villagers. We hope that in the future, Asian Agri will continue to hold regular bazaars in our village. Once again, thank you Asian Agri.”
One of the buyers at the bazaar organized by Asian Agri in Bukit Agung Village, Kerinci Kanan, Siak, Rosa (38 years old), a resident of Makmur Village, Pangkalan Kerinci District, Pelalawan, Riau, said that price hike of basic needs always happens ahead of Eid. “With the cooking oil bazaar from Asian Agri, we (the community) are greatly helped, especially in the market, the price of cooking oil has increased. Thanks to Asian Agri, I hope this activity will continue in our region,” she said.
Every year, through all business units spread across 3 provinces in Sumatra, Asian Agri organizes a premium cooking oil bazaar at affordable prices in its operational areas. This activity is one of the realizations of the company’s commitment to providing real benefits to the local community, which is also in line with the company’s philosophy, which is the existence of a company must be beneficial to the community or good for the community.
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 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.
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 Plasma 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 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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