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Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food collaborates with five villages in Riau to prevent fires under the Desa Makmur Peduli Api programme

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 3 minute read GAR 0 Likes

RIAU, 11 Aprill 2018 – Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food through one of its operations, PT Bumipalma Lestaripersada (BPLP), is working with five villages in Indragiri Hilir Regency, Riau Province, to prevent fires under its Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA) programme.

A joint commitment to prevent forest fires from happening, has been signed by the Sub-district Leaderships from Enok, Keritang and Kempas Sub-districts along with village heads from the five DMPA villages including Suhada, Sungai Rukam, Nusantara Jaya, Lintas Utara and Karya Tani Villages as well as representatives of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food’s management and its operation today (11/4) at Bumipalma Lestaripersada Plantation.

The CEO of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food Plantation for Riau Region Franciscus Costan remarked, “We‘re capable of optimally preventing fires in our forests, estates and lands through cooperation between the government, businesses and local communities. The onus is on us to take this collective responsibility which, if carried out collaboratively, will keep all fire hazards away.”

DMPA incorporates three important elements of fire prevention, conservation and food security into the programme. Based on experience in other areas the programme is expected to reduce the number of potential fires spots whilst improving community welfare and protecting the environment.

The programme will be implemented in the five villages over a three year period. In the first year, the focus will be establishing a Fire Alert Community (Masyarakat Siaga Api or MSA) and creating indicative maps delineating village boundaries in a participatory manner. The second year will see establishment of farmers’ groups and development of Community Learning Centres where these groups receive assistance in implementing sustainable agriculture systems that are environmentally friendly. Finally, the third year will provide assistance for replication of the eco-friendly sustainable agricultural systems on community lands.

In addition to providing assistance and training to the target villages, the Company will continue to strengthen its existing systems to prevent and suppress fires – by deploying adequate Emergency Response Team (ERT) personnel, building sufficient infrastructure, ensuring the facilities and equipment for fire extinguishing are sufficient in number and in good condition as well as developing methods for detection and early warning against fire hazards.

“Looking back at some of the previous DMPA pilot projects in Jambi and Ketapang, we’ve been able to recognise the importance of the support and active roles that the MSA plays at the forefront of early detection, fire prevention and dissemination of fire prevention to all levels of the village community. Thus, volunteers will be provided with good coaching, training and sufficient basic firefighting equipment,” added Franciscus.

The volunteers will be trained and supported in monitoring hotspots effectively, and delivering information quickly to the prevention team, whether by e-mails, short messages (sms), phone calls or other means of communication. Monitoring of the relevant locations and fire spots is also carried out utilising drone technology and a satellite-based hotspots monitoring system whose data processing will be forwarded to ERT and MSA Commands in the areas of operations.

With these five new villages, there are currently 22 villages receiving assistance under the DMPA programme run by Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, with locations spread in Ketapang, Jambi and Riau. They will soon be followed by villages in Seruyan of Central Kalimantan Province. In 2019, the company plans to engage five other villages in Indragiri Hilir District under its DMPA programme.



About Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food
About Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food operates under Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) is one of the leading palm oil plantation companies with a planted area of more than 502,847 hectares (including plasma smallholders) as at 31 December 2017. The company has an integrated operation producing food made from raw vegetable oils.

Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food is focused on sustainable palm oil production. In Indonesia, its primary activities include cultivating and harvesting of oil palm trees; processing of fresh fruit bunch into crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel; merchandising and refining CPO into value added products such as cooking oil, margarine, shortening and biodiesel; as well as trading of palm oil products worldwide. It also has operations in China and India including a deep-sea port, oilseeds crushing plants, production capabilities for refined edible oil products as well as other food products such as noodles.

Founded in 1996, GAR was listed on the Singapore Exchange in 1999 with a market capitalisation of US$3.4 billion as at 30 June 2017. Flambo International Limited, an investment company, is currently GAR’s largest shareholder, with a 50.35 percent stake. GAR has several subsidiaries, including PT SMART Tbk which was listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in 1992. For more information about our company, visit

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Wulan Suling, Head of Corporate Communications
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