Garut, August 25th, 2016 – The Board of Directors of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indofood), Franciscus Welirang, Paulus Moleonoto and Suaimi Suriady, attended the potato harvesting season in Cikajang, Garut, West Java, one of the regions where Indofood establishes partnership with local farmers. The harvest event was symbolically carried in the farming field of H. Nandang Sopadin. Stakeholders from the Partnership for Indonesia Sustainable Agriculture (PISAgro) forum were also present in the harvesting season festivity.
Garut is one of the regions in West Java suitable for potato plantation. “This is a fertile area for growing both regular and industrial potato varieties. To grow industrial potatoes, we obtain seeds of atlantic potato varieties from Indofood,” said H. Nandang, one of Indofood’s farmer partners. “Since establishing partnership with Indofood, we enjoy higher production and better quality harvest yields that satisfy industry standards and therefore can be absorbed by Indofood. Having a market certainty is a big advantage,” he added.
Indofood’s plasma based collaboration with farmers aims at ensuring supply for Atlantic potatoes to produce Chitato and Lays snacks. On top of providing high quality seeds to produce industry standard potatoes, Indofood also conducts routine and regular training and coaching activities for the farmers. Harvest yields that satisfy the standard requirements are absorbed to fulfill Indofood’s raw material needs. Indofood continues to build its partnerships with local farmers. Since 2011, Indofood has become the Chair of PISAgro Potato Working Group. PISAgro is a partnership between the Government of Indonesia and several domestic and international corporations under the new collaboration platform vision for agriculture of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
This partnership serves as a multilateral innovation model to address challenges in Indonesia’s agriculture. By 2020, the Potato Working Group aims to increase the number of farmers and acreage of potato plantations, as well as to increase farmers’ productivity and income. “Until June 2016, the working group has successfully created 3,367 farmers from its target of 5,000 farmers and increased the land to 1,114 hectares compared to the 2,500 hectares target,” stated Franciscus Welirang. “Farmers’ productivity also grew to 12% compared to the 20% target, while farmers’ income increased by 8%."
During the harvesting event, Indofood awarded H. Nandang as one of the best farmers with consecutive increase of harvest yields and quality. Franciscus shared his hope that the partnership can deliver greater benefits for the collaborating farmers, as well as the society and the nation through sustainable farming practices.
About PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
Over the last two decades, Indofood has progressively transformed into a Total Food Solutions company with operations in all stages of food manufacturing, from the production of raw materials and their processing, to consumer products in the market. Today, it is renowned as a well-established company and a leading player in each business category in which it operates. In its business operations, Indofood capitalizes on economies of scale and a resilient business model with five complementary Strategic Business Groups (“Group”), namely:
- Consumer Branded Products (“CBP”)
Supported by the strength of its product brands, the Group produces a diverse range of consumer branded products including noodles, dairy products, snack foods, food seasonings, nutritional and specialty foods, and beverages.
The Group is primarily a producer of wheat flour as well as pasta, with business operations supported by its own shipping and packaging units.
The Group’s principal activities range from research and development, seed breeding, oil palm cultivation and milling, to the production and marketing of branded cooking oils, margarine and shortening. The Group also cultivates and processes rubber, sugar cane and other crops.
With the most extensive distribution network in Indonesia, the Group distributes the majority of the consumer products manufactured by Indofood and its subsidiaries, as well as by third parties, to the market.
- Cultivation & Processed Vegetables
The Group manages an integrated demand-driven operation with wide-ranging cultivation and processing capabilities, and produces branded products.
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