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Proud Smallholders - Asian Agri Partner Smallholder Family Successfully Branches Out into Hydroponics

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Jumadi wasn’t even thinking of becoming an oil palm farmer when he first came to Pangkalan Kerinici in Riau, Sumatra to visit a friend.

However, when he saw the impact it had on his friend’s income, Jumadi decided to sell his belongings in his hometown in Kediri, East Java, and move to Riau.

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Proud Smallholders - 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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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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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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