InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Palm oil plantation company, PT Tania Selatan, Wilmar Group supplies empty bunches to be used as media for mushroom cultivation by Kelompok Usaha Bersama Karya Mandiri in Village of Sinar Harapan Mulya, District of Ogan Kemiring Ilir (OKI), South Sumatera Province. It has been running since 2015.
Chairman of Kelompok Usaha Bersama Karya Mandiri, Yasin Efendy said, his members need 40 tons of empty bunches as the media to cultivate mushroom. For it is about Rp 400 thousand per truck that consists of four tons, mushroom cultivation spends up to Rp 4 million per month as the media. “But for the company helps us to get supply, we are helpful to minimize the production cost,” he said lately.
The group of eight men sold their products to the local traditional markets. From five spots of mushroom, they could get about 30 kilogram per harvest. Selling the mushroom for Rp 20 thousand per kilogram, the group could get Rp 18 million per month. Until now they are not planning to produce derivative products of mushroom because the mushroom itself is sold to the markets.
Yasin thought, mushroom cultivation can deliver additional income for the members which they are mostly rubber farmers. The mushroom adds additional income while the members are in wait to rubber harvest. Though they get enough income, Yasin continued, not many people are interested in cultivating mushroom because it needs persistency. “When we want to harvest mushroom, it should be in the early days before the sun shining and should immediately taken to the markets,” he said.
Community Development Supervisor PT Tania Selatan, Sunardi Reza said that the help of empty bunch is one implementation to help the people’s welfare around the company. Besides in OKI, the company also helps other groups that cultivate mushroom in eight villages in District of Musi Banyuasin. Besides supplying empty bunches for plantation media, the company also facilitates to develop houses (spots) which costed Rp 5,3 million per unit.
PT Tania Selatan did empower other people, such as, breeding fish in cage, goats, catfish, and others. “We hope, our presence and operational would increase the people’s welfare around us,” Sunardi said. (T2)