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60 People Attended Nipah Processing Training
60 people from West Tebing Tinggi District attended nipah processing training. This training is held to equip the people so they are able to process nipah into sugar and syrup to help increase the local economy later on.
The training opening was held in Grand Meranti Hotel ballroom and opened by Meranti Islands Regent Irwan Nasir, Wednesday (27/8). The training held by PT First Flower was attended by Head of Forestry Agency Mamun Murod, several head districts and village heads.
“We hope that the company will help the community and can be one of the economic drivers for the people. Especially because there are so many nipah plants in Meranti,” said the Regent.
Irwan wanted PT First Flower help so the Meranti farmers have the knowledge to use nipah more economically. Also, the operation of the company can be the source of income for the area.
“Especially later after they process nipah maximally. Not only for sugar and syrup, but also bioethanol. Of course, apart from increasing people’s economy also helping local income,” said Irwan.
Meanwhile First Flower representative Prof Dr Ir Hengky Luntungan MSc explained the nipah processing into highly economical product is the result of a long study. It is estimated that 100 liters of sap from nipah can produce 5 – 6 liters of bioethanol.
“It’s been 3 years we studied this project in South Kalimantan and Meranti Islands. Around Indonesia there are about 1.3 million hectares nipah plant that’s not processed. But only with modest technology it can be processed into sugar powder, syrup, alcohol and bioethanol. If people’s participation to process nipah has reached 10 thousand hectares, then we can build bioethanol factory here,” said Henky.
PT First Flower Trained Community to Process Nipah
Meranti Islands Regent Irwan MSi asked the people to use the opportunity offered by PT First Flower. The company trained the community from to develop nipah plants to process it. And become a valuable commodity such as nira, sugar powder, syrup, alcohol and bioethanol.
This expectation was stated by the Regent during the Opening of Integrated Nipah Training held by PT First Flower and Forestry Agency in Grand Meranti Hotel, Wednesday (27/08). Around 66 farmers, mostly from Mekong Village in West Tebing Tinggi District attended the training.
All this time, our farmers use nipah and turn it into roof and cigarette. Now apparently nipah can be processed into a highly valuable commodity. Nipah can be the economic driver for the people, nipah has already gave employment,” stated the Regent.
Therefore, the regent expressed gratitude to First Flower Management who has the courage to develop nipah plant in Meranti Islands. According to him, in the midst of high poverty level, turning nipah into a valuable commodity is a breakthrough to decrease poverty.
“Especially the technology and investment used to process nipah is not much. People can plant them in mass. Especially at the moment mangrove fruit syrup is becoming popular. So while we plant nipah, we also pay attention to mangrove because the buyers exist,” said the Regent.
Meanwhile, PT First Flower representative Prof Dr Ir Henky Luntungan MSc explained that the processing of nipah into a highly economical product is the result of a long study. It is estimated that 100 liters of sap can produce 5 – 6 liters of bioethanol.
“It has taken us three years to study and research this project in South Kalimantan and Meranti Islands. In all over Indonesia, there are about 1.3 million hectare of nipah and unprocessed. Whereas, with a modest technology it can be turned into nira, sugar powder, syrup, alcohol and bioethanol. If the people’s participation in Meranti to develop nipah has reached 10 thousand hectare, then we can build a bioethanol factory,” said Prof Henky.
According to him, nipah development is not difficult because they grow by themselves. Even if we plant it, we only need to plant it once because nipah grows its own buds to multiply.
“People only need to clean it. Nipah produce a high bioethanol. If we develop it seriously, we can overcome the energy crisis that we are facing,” he stated. Prior to that, the Head of Forestry Agency, Makmun Murod explained that on the early stage, the training is given to people at Mekong Village. When the early stage of the training has succeeded, then the trained participants will give a similar training to other people in all districts in Meranti Islands.
“The location of Nipah development is spread throughout Meranti Islands districts. First Flower has already have a business permit of non-wood forest product so they can already use the nipah from the people,” he stated.
According to Murod, the training can teach the people to process nipah into sugar powder. After that gradually people will be trained to process nipah into other products such as bioethanol.
“We have invited trainers from Kalimantan. All the expense is paid by PT First Flower. With this training, we all know that nipah is not a disturbing plant anymore because it has many benefit.
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