The cultivation of guava nectar has proven to be a positive prospect to improve the local economy in the village of Lalang Kabung, Pelalawan.
Riau Pulp and Paper (RAPP), founded by Sukanto Tanoto, would like to develop this new venture further by distributing 200 guava seedlings to the inhabitants of Lalang Kabung through the One Village One Community program run by the humanitarian division of the company.
RAPP is one of the largest pulp and paper producers in the world, and forms a part of the Royal Golden Eagle group of companies founded in 1973 by entrepreneur Sukanto Tanoto. Its production factories are based in the Riau Province of Sumatra, Indonesia. RAPP believes in giving back to the community by working with the Tanoto Foundation to hand out scholarships to bright and hard-working students, its various Community Development programs as well as through healthcare and infrastructure development. These programs are executed in the villages surrounding its operations, where most of the RAPP employees live.
Nana Herman, Chairman of the Village Consultative Body of Lalang Kabung, believes the guava nectar project is a great way for the residents to create an additional independent income for themselves. He said “For most of the workers here, planting guava nectar trees becomes an additional income. I hope that programs like this continue for the welfare of the residents of our village. We wish guava nectar can be grown in our village.”
Abu Kasim (51) is one of the local residents participating in the program after recently having received seedlings, and has tasked his two youngest children with helping to take care of the plants, as well as harvesting the guava nectar. Another local day labourer encourages children of all ages to join in and start planting their own guava plants as a way of learning to be self-sufficient and independent from a young age.