Cargill and Partners Plant 5,000 Trees for Ecosystem Preservation in Mount Arjuna

Bingkai Karya – In a remarkable display of environmental stewardship, over 80 volunteers, consisting of forest farmers and employees of PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo, a subsidiary of Cargill, joined forces to plant 5,000 tree seedlings across 8 hectares in the Tangkil spring (Tangkil Bulk Block) in Dayurejo Village, Mount Arjuna, Pasuruan, East Java.

This tree planting initiative, organized by Cargill in collaboration with the Cempaka and Bumi Baik Foundations, received significant support from key stakeholders, including the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, the Pasuruan Regency Environmental Service, the Loka Jaya Binangun Village Forest Management Institute, the Service Branch Lumajang Forestry-East Java Provincial Forest Service, Pasuruan Regency Forestry Forest Management Unit, and Dayurejo Village Government.

Fanny Hosea, Director of PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo, expressed Cargill’s unwavering commitment to the communities they serve. He stated, “Wherever we are, Cargill is always committed to the communities where we live and works to encourage positive change, including ensuring the preservation of ecosystems and important natural resources.”

Mount Arjuna, a vital water catchment area supporting more than 40,000 local communities in Pasuruan and its surroundings, was the focus of the tree planting effort. Over the past nine years, Cargill, in collaboration with the local community, has planted a total of 71,500 trees, covering an expansive 201 hectares on Mount Arjuna.

Hosea highlighted the critical role Mount Arjuna plays in regional water management and emphasized the ongoing efforts to support positive change. “With the additional planting of 5,000 tree seedlings, up to now, we have planted 71,500 trees on Mount Arjuna with a total land area of 201 hectares.”

To ensure the optimal function of vegetation as a water absorption medium, tree species were carefully selected based on their ability to maintain water ecosystems and store groundwater. Moreover, the planted forest serves a dual purpose by providing additional income opportunities for local communities, thereby enhancing economic resilience.

The diverse array of tree species included Bamboo, Sintok, Banyan, Gamal, Avocado, Arabica Coffee, Cinnamon, Jackfruit, and Java Plum. These carefully chosen species not only contribute to ecosystem preservation but also offer potential economic benefits to the local communities.

Cargill’s commitment to sustainable practices goes beyond tree planting initiatives. The company, through its subsidiary PT Sorini Agro Asia Corporindo, acquired a production facility in Pandaan in 2011. This facility currently produces corn starch and sweeteners as raw materials for the food and beverage industry and personal care products, aligning with Cargill’s broader sustainability goals.

The collaborative efforts showcased in this tree planting initiative exemplify the positive impact that corporate and community partnerships can have on environmental conservation and community well-being. As the planted trees take root and flourish, they symbolize a shared commitment to building a sustainable future for both the ecosystem and the local communities that depend on it.

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