JAKARTA, July 27 (JDN.id) – A social forest in Muara Gombong, Bekasi, West Java has been harvested for the first time. This pilot project is part of a redistribution assets program by Indonesia’s state-owned enterprises, or SOEs, led by Bank Mandiri.
A shrimp farm linked to the mangrove forest has produced 4-5 tons per hectare, an astounding increase from just 50-100 kg per hectare before the project existed.
Farmers working in the project earned 72 million rupiah ($4,995) over the four-month period or 18 million per month. This helps rise the income of each worker to 3.4 million rupiah per month which meets standard basic income in Indonesia.
“The retribution assets is one of the SOEs ways to present in the society and give added value to them, in accordance with the purpose of taking an active role to prosper the country,” said Agus Dwi Handaya, executive director of compliance at Bank Mandiri in a press conference in Jakarta.
The project applies community development model in which SOEs and government institution help provide shrimp seeds and issue permit for the use of the land for farming where farmers are required to plant mangrove in the forest.
The pilot project is expected to be carried out in other parts of Indonesia, Handaya said.
($1 = 14,411 rupiah)