PT DAHANA and Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) are making another collaboration to empower women forest farmers who are members of the Tangkalna Lestari Forest Farmer Group. The empowerment initiated by the two state companies took the form of Intercropping Cultivation Process Training which was held at Saung Kopi DAHANA in Subang on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
PT DAHANA’s SM Legal and Corporate Communications, Juli Jajuli said that this empowerment activity is a form of the company’s Commitment to the development and progress of the surrounding community, especially women forest farmers who rarely receive assistance.
“Through this program, we are trying to encourage the empowerment of women forest farmer group to cultivate vegetables, cayenne pepper, coffee, melons, spinach, lemongrass, and so on, in hoping that this activity can help improve the household economy as well as build food security at the family level, ” said Mr Jajuli.
The collaboration event is a continuation of the Urban Agro program initiated by DAHANA and PNM at the beginning of last year. Later, female farmers can carry out intercropping planting between coffee trees that have been planted by Tangkalna Lestari forest farmer group.
For PT DAHANA, this activity is a form of implementation of the environmental pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the agroforestry program, PT DAHANA hoped that the forest land owned by PT DAHANA will not only benefit the company but also the surrounding community.
Meanwhile, Chairman of PNM Subang-Purwakarta Branch, Jimi Firmansyah expressed his gratitude DAHANA for stepping in to collaborate to help facilitate PNM’s forest farmer groups. With collaboration, Mr Firmansyah also hoped that the two state-owned companies can improve the economy of women forest farmers.
“This collaborative vegetable planting activity is dedicated to increasing the economic income of families, especially forest farming families who have so far been left untouched. We hope that with this program the farmers will get additional income from cultivating seasonal vegetables while waiting for the coffee harvest,” said Mr Firmansyah.