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Lilis Suryani: Senior Manager in Palm Oil Plantation

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Lilis Suryani: Senior Manager in Palm Oil Plantation

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - In her career, Lilis Suryani always works at palm oil plantation. She firstly worked as nursery staff until becoming senior manager at PT Sampoerna Agro Tbk. What she did was full of efforts. Hard work, never giving up, and loyalty are the main keys.

Working at palm oil plantations which many men do, is not a challenge for Lilis Suryani who was born in Bali Luhur, South Sumatera Province, 53 years ago. By prioritizing hard work and high loyalty to the company, she now becomes senior manager since 2017.

Lilis said, she worked at palm oil plantation company in 1990. She was only a staff. In 2001 to 2006 she was a field assistant at PT Selapan Jaya. “In 2007 she worked as head assistant and since 2017 she is a senior manager,” Lilis said at Indonesian Planters Society (IPS) event which InfoSAWIT attended in the early of February 2023.

She admitted, when working at palm oil plantation company, she faces three big challenges, they are, the first, when having work shift to other estate. She thought, she would be facing new members (workers) within different characteristics.

The second, different social culture. Lilis thought, she would be fining it both the internal members and villages around the plantation operates.

“When I was in a new circumstance, I had to adjust with social condition of the different society from the previous, including how to deal with the requests around the plantation because the society derives from different race, tribe, and religion. It would be seen in the religious events,” Lilis said.

The third, about palm oil areas to be cultivated. Lilis said, every area has different characteristic from the previous one. It needs to understand the area, if it is dry fast in dry season and if the area is susceptible to fire. “Including if the rain falls, will it be full of water in the plantation,” she said.

But she passed every challenge and this is the proof that female can work at palm oil plantations where men mostly do. (T2)

for more, please read InfoSAWIT, February 2023