Merdeka.com – The Bauxite Mining Business Unit (UBP) of PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) in West Kalimantan cooperates with the Maman Farmers Group, to optimize agricultural potential in former mining areas.
“We are also synergizing in the reclamation process on ex-mining land by involving the Maman Farmers Group,” said General Manager of ANTAM Bauxite UBP West Kalimantan, Anas Safriatna when met at Bauxite UBP, Tayan Hilir, Toba, Sanggau Regency, West Kalimantan, Thursday (22/02/2020). 9).
In managing ex-mining land, Antam uses empty oil palm fruit bunches (tankos) as a planting medium. Its thorny texture and rich in nutrients are very suitable for improving post-mining land conditions as well as for erosion control.
Apart from being a planting medium, tankos are also used as fertilizer for endemic plants in the Tayan area which are planted in reclamation areas such as ironwood, tengkawang, durian, and so on. The Maman farmers helped with this reclamation activity, especially in terms of providing seeds and planting.
“The existence of the Malamam Program has provided many benefits to the community,” he said.
Anas said that the farmers who are members of this group have benefited from the various agricultural and fishery products it has developed. With the concept of sustainable agribusiness agriculture and ANTAM’s assistance, these farmers now have a stable and sustainable business. So that income and capabilities increase, especially in agriculture and business.
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Antam Injects IDR 520 Million Funds for MSME Actors in West Kalimantan
In addition, Antam also runs a Micro Small Business Funding (PUMK) program for local entrepreneurs who are the company’s fostered partners. As of August 30, Antam again distributed PUMK to business actors in the Bauxite UBP area.
“In this period, at least ANTAM distributed PUMK of Rp 520 million around the West Kalimantan Bauxite UBP operating area,” he said.
The PUMK is given in the form of a revolving fund loan. This program targets micro, small and medium MSME entrepreneurs.
“This program is carried out in order to increase the added value of the community’s economy, especially those around Antam’s operational areas,” he said.
In addition to providing financial assistance, the Company also said Anas consistently carried out training and coaching for partners. The goal is to improve the business competence of the community.
“Growing together with the community to achieve sustainability is ANTAM’s goal with the hope that the community will be more empowered and independent,” he concluded.