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Second-generation Smallholder Overcomes Physical Disability, Achieves Oil Palm and Sporting Success

Adi Sucipto was just four years old when a bicycle accident left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

Yet, despite his obstacles, Adi went on to become a proud medal-winning para-athlete, while also managing to take over and expand his father’s treasured oil palm plantation.

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Palm Oil Smallholders Double Their Yields in First Harvest since Replanting

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Members of the Mulus Rahayu Village Cooperative in Siak, Riau became the first Indonesian smallholder cooperative to complete the inaugural harvest from the latest replanted new oil palms, enjoying yields that doubled the previous harvest’s.

Managing a total 310 hectares, the 135 smallholders began replanting in April 2016 as part of the Indonesian government’s Smallholders’ Palm Oil Replanting Programme (PSR). Their first harvest in December 2018 saw yields of around 1.5 tonnes per month, up from the previous 0.7 tonnes.

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Barn Owl: The Silent Guardian of Oil Palms

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Meet the Tyto Alba! Better known as the Barn Owl, this popular bird can be easily spotted in Asian Agri’s oil palm plantations because of the many nest boxes strategically placed to attract the species.

As natural predators, Barn Owls are highly effective at keeping pests in the plantations at bay. However, Barn Owls do not have a great reputation, thanks to traditional beliefs which equate the species to evil.

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Asian Agri Achieves One to One Commitment, Matching Own Land with Smallholder Farmer

Asian Agri has achieved our goal of matching each hectare of our own plantations with one owned by smallholder farmers under our One to One Partnership program.

Under the program, first announced in 2017, we committed to partnering with smallholders responsible for 60,000 hectares under the government’s Plasma smallholder scheme, and another 40,000 hectares owned by independent smallholders.

In December 2018 we reached 101,000 hectares, actually surpassing the 100,000 hectares of our own land.

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