Photo: Ujung Kia community welcomed its farm's first produce with a boar hunting ritual

 

BOVEN DIGOEL – Ujung Kia's community farm has reaped its first fruits, which local villagers receive with immense joy. This farm is based in Ujung Kia Village, Kia District, Boven Digoel Regency. At the harvest location, villagers held Derma Adat, a traditional offering ritual symbolizing gratitude to the gods.

The event unfolded on Saturday (10/9) with the help of Peran Serta Marga (PSM) Cooperative. Village members had gathered since the early morning, donning traditional attire and carrying with them ceremonial apparatus. The ritual went smoothly and lively, and continued with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the farm's success.

“This farm motivates us, customary land owners, to manage crops better through the local co-op,” said Ambrosius Yasi, representing the land owner group.

Building village, or plasma farms, is one of PT Tunas Sawa Erma (PT TSE) ‘s responsibilities as a promoter of plasma area development. This is a public program whose procedures are written in Government Regulation 26/2021. It states that plantation companies must provide Business License issuers with a report on farm development updates at least once a year.

Ujung Kia's plasma farm's first crop is received well by locals

 

Tunas Sawa Erma representatives, cooperative board and members, pastors as local religious figures, and TRIPIDIS officials (district head, Military Subdistrict Command Commander and sector police chief) attended the event. Director of PT. Tunas Sawa Erma Kim In Woog expressed his happiness in his opening speech.

“Today, the community farm has its first harvest. On behalf of the company, I hope this farm will continue to help locals, especially customary land owners, improve economic conditions,” he said.

PT TSE is a part of Tunas Sawa Erma Group (TSE Group), which engages in palm oil plantation business in Papua. PT Tunas Sawa Erma is committed to practicing sustainable palm oil governance and keeps innovating in an effort to prioritize fulfilling its environmental and social responsibility. (PR)

Published On: October 10, 2022
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