Distribution of Production Tools

Production equipment is one of the vital needs in producing organic coconut sugar after nira (coconut nectar). Without production equipment, the trained partners cannot make organic coconut sugar in the form of ant sugar. In practice, the production tools needed in making organic coconut sugar include sieves, filters, and gums or guseran. There is also every production tool has provisions that are in accordance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). For example, for sieves, it is required to use stainless steel with a hole of density (mesh) 16. Then for the filter itself using the same material as the 100 mesh.

The purpose of the procurement of these production tools is nothing but to support the production activities of fostered partners in uniforming the quality and quality of organic coconut sugar produced. When quality and quality are maintained, it will certainly provide benefits for both parties. Where this is in line with the concept of partnership that has been built so far, namely mutual benefit from each other.

In its implementation, the Production Aid Aid Program collaborated with one of the producers of special production tools of organic coconut sugar in the village of Rancamaya, Cilongok District, Banyumas Regency. He is Mr. Aziz Irwanto, who is a successful sugar craftsman in the region. Mr. Aziz Irwanto helped PT Integral Mulia Cipta in meeting the needs of production equipment.

The Production Tool Aid Program is implemented in almost all the target areas owned by PT Integral Mulia Cipta including Banyumas Regency and Purbalingga Regency. From the data collected there were 9 (nine) villages that received assistance with production tools, namely Pageraji, Pernasidi and Gununglurah villages (Cilongok Sub-district); Sawangan village, Jingkang, and Sawangan (Ajibarang Subdistrict); and Karangmangu village (Purwojati District). Kerangean village (Kertanegara-Purbalingga District) and Gumelem Kulon and Gumelem Wetan villages (Susukan – Banjarnegara District).

It is hoped that this flagship program can be continued in the coming years with the addition of other production equipment in the form of pans used for cooking and cooking stoves.

Iftar with Assisted Partners

Iftar is an event awaited by the majority of Muslim families during Ramadhan. A precious moment to be able to gather with family to enjoy iftar meals. Iftar is also the annual agenda of PT Integral Mulia Cipta. This year, in 2018, PT IMC invited company partners and employees/workers to an iftar event with the theme “Holy Light of Ramadhan: Together We Achieve the Triumph in a Month Full of Blessings”.

The event was held at the Purwokerto office on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. It was attended by company partners and internal employees of PT IMC. This event also became an event for gathering as well as strengthening the relationship between company and its partners. In addition, this event was used to share sustenance, share happiness in the blissful month.

The event attended by more than 100 employees from various departments was glorious at the yard of Purwokerto office. In addition to iftar, there were religious lecture, congregational prayer and entertainment in the form of performing arts in this event. When the Maghrib Adhan filled the air, all employees enjoyed the dishes that had been provided by the committee. At the end of the event, employees who attended the event received an enticing gift as a souvenir.

Distribution of Bulletin to Farmers

Communication is an important element in relationship. Similarly, PT Integral Mulia Cipta also established communication with thousands of assisted farmers to strengthen the relationship between the two. One of the communication media used by the company is a bulletin published once a month.

Bulletin is a publication medium published by the company on a regular basis and distributed to all company partners across Banyumas, Banjarnegara, and Purbalingga regions. The bulletin contains news about the profile of farmers, stages of sugar production, management of organic coconut sugar, organic land, and other interesting information which is useful to increase farmers’ insight.

The company is trying to provide the latest information needed by farmers on the development of organic coconut sugar. In addition, the bulletin is also functioned as an educational medium for assisted farmers; persuasive media for farmers to consistently produce quality organic coconut sugar; and a means of entertaining for farmers through the quiz rubric contained in the bulletin.

In addition to functioning as a medium of communication and information for farmers, the bulletin is also an attractive and informative means of communication for the progress of organic coconut sugar production. Bulletin also becomes a literacy medium and enhances the reading culture among farmers. The bulletin which is distributed regularly is a manifestation of the company’s concern for the company’s partners.

The bulletin is equipped with representative graphic photos and images. Farmers are also invited to play an active role in answering quizzes in the bulletin in return for interesting prizes. Hopefully, the presence of bulletin among farmers can be an effective means to support the progress of organic coconut sugar.

PT IMC Provided Donation of Hygienic Production Kitchen to Farmers

It should be noted that most of the conditions of coconut sugar production kitchen owned by farmers / tappers still do not meet the requirements, starting from the aspets of hygiene, ventilation, lighting and so on. Considering this condition, PT IMC through the Corporate Social Responsibility department performed assessment in in several kitchens to be chosen as the one meeting the criteria to get the donation. Through the program of providing hygienic production kitchen initiated by the CSR Department of PT Integral Mulia Cipta, kitchens that have not met these standards have now been renovated to be more feasible.

This program, held for the first time, was given to Munadi, one of the assisted farmers from Karangmangu Village, Banyumas. In addition to going through the renovation process in several parts, now Munadi’s kitchen is also given smoke drain channel through the chimney which is directly thrown out of the kitchen. He also does not need to worry when the rainy season comes because the roof has been replaced with asbestos. The kitchen is also equipped with a door so that poultry animals can no longer go inside.

Previously, a groundbreaking ceremony was held by Widi Hartanto, as the Operation General Manager of PT IMC as a symbol of the commencement of the construction of the kitchen. “This is a manifestation of the company’s commitment and social care towards farmers,” he said. He also hopes that this hygienic production kitchen can be a means of supporting organic coconut sugar production activities. In addition, this kitchen can also be a pilot project so that other farmers are also motivated to improve the condition of their kitchen to conform to organic standards.

This clean production kitchen is a form of corporate social responsibility for the commitment of farmers who keep producing organic coconut sugar. Farmers who receive this program are selected farmers who have a high amount of production and are active in every activity held by the company. Hopefully, this program provides benefits for farmers to support the production process of organic coconut sugar. The company hopes that the quality of organic coconut sugar production will also increase in terms of quality and quantity.

Work Accident Compensation to Assisted Farmers

Providing programs that are beneficial to the farmers/sap-tappers is the commitment of CSR PT IMC. One program that has been implemented is granting compensation to the farmers had work accidents that cause illness/disability or fatality. This program is one of the flagship programs of CSR considering that the sap-tappers may have a high risk of having work accidents. CSR provides the program as a form of responsibility and concern for its thousand assisted farmers.

It should be taken into consideration since the average height of coconut tree is 20 meters. It makes the tappers must pay more attention to their personal safety during the sap-tapping process. Unpredictable weather also should be considered, given that the tree trunks will be more slippery in rainy days.

The frequent work accidents happened to most of the tappers were caused by human error. They do not equip themselves with protection wear when they are working. It often makes them fall from a coconut tree because of slipping, stepping on a fragile branch, struck by lightning, and so forth. If the farmer has an accident, CSR team will immediately grant compensation to the farmer symbolically.

Indeed, none expects accident would happen to the farmers. Therefore, the company suggested to the farmers to always be careful and aware while working to avoid undesirable things.

Farmers Join Training Class in Producing Laru Made of Coconut Coir

Organic coconut sugar is one of the agricultural commodities of which the demand is increasing. Various efforts are made by farmers to maintain the quality of organic coconut sugar. One of the factors that affect the quality is the type of used laru (natural sap preservative). Most of the farmers use mangosteen shells, slatri leaves, and dried jackfruit as raw material for making laru. However, in some areas of assisted villages, not all these materials can be obtained easily. PT Integral Mulia Cipta strives to improve the quality of organic coconut sugar production at the farm level by conducting training in producing alternative laru made of coconut coir.

The training program for producing laru from coconut coir has been conducted in farmers’ houses some time ago. According to Francia Et al (1973), coconut coir contains tannin compounds ranging from 8-13%. This compound can function as a binding enzyme and protein produced by microbes to inactive the fermentation process (Rumokoi and Joseph, 1994).

On that occasion, farmers are also given the opportunity to see the process of producing laru from coconut coir directly with additional ingredients such as lime and water. In addition, the CSR team also distributed free flyers to all participants to be used as dosage reference.

In addition, there was a trial to make organic coconut sugar using laru made of coconut coir some time ago. The result was brownish sugar with sweet aroma and sufficient level of hardness. It is expected that through training class in producing laru from coconut coir, farmers can obtain information and knowledge regarding alternative ingredients that are easier to obtain in their surroundings.

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