KPC Build Tapioca Mill Factory for the Communityover 2 years
Tapioca flour mill factory groundbreaking in Kebun Agung Village, Rantau Pulung DIstrict, Kutai Timur
DECEMBER 2015 - PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC) through Multi Stakeholders for Corporate Social Responsibility (MSH CSR) program, build tapioca mill factory in Rantau Pulung District, East Kutai. The mill factory is planned to be completed in March 2016 with a total capacity of five tone per hour.
KPC Superintendent Project Planning and Evaluation, Gaga Nugraha said that investment for the construction of the tapioca mill factory reaches more than Rp. 1.25 billion. The construction was decided upon mutual agreement between all heads of surrounding villages, with the consideration of their current cultivation of cassava which now has covered a total area of 72 hectares.
“The factory construction is carry out based on the community’s request through their head of village in Rantau Pulung District with the consideration of our 72 hectares of cassava cultivation,” said Gaga during the factory groundbreaking event in early December 2015.
East Kutai Head of Region, Ardiansyah Sulaiman said that the construction of tapioca mill factory will be beneficial for the people of East Kutai. He estimates the factory can provide job opportunities for 40 to 50 people. “This will be positively impact the local community. I recommend the local community to take part in the this cassava and tapioca business development I,” said Ardiansyah.
The Head of East Kutai Region also expressed his appreciation to MSH CSR Forum and KPC who lead the decision of the construction of tapioca mill factory in Rantau Pulung. In his opinion, the mill factory will be able to increase cassava farmers’ income, and at the same time in line with the East Kutai Government’s program for post-mining land economic utilization.
“Thank you MSH CSR and KPC. This is a great approach to maximize the cassava industry of the region that I believe will help boost the local communities and families economic development. It will be an alternative income source other than the mining industry.” Said Ardiansyah. (*)