InfoSAWIT, SAROLANGUN – The program Desa Makmur Peduli Api (DMPA) done by Sinar Mas Agribusiness re-succeeded the good year in Jambi by the lack of hotspot and fire in nine village in District of Sorolangun. In 2017, the hotspots in the villages joining the DMPA program decreased to be only two hotspots while in 2016 there were two hotspots and one fire; in 2015, there were 213 hotspots and 130 fire.
Plantation CEO in Jambi, Benjamin Josua said, for the success of the DMPA program that started in 2016, it is reported that the villagers in Sorolungun are aware of the fire and succeeded to minimize the fire in 2017. “Our 9 DMPA succeeded to look after their regions from the fire and they got award Rp 100 million for each and would be used to procure the fire infrastructure and the team of Masyarakat Siaga Api in the villages and for the other public facility,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (7/3/2018).
When giving the DMPA award in Sarolangun, nine villages developed in Sub district ofAir Hitamgot help to procure the fire and public infrastructures reaching Rp 900 million. Before the award was given, the assessment had been done in each village together with the leaders of the Sub district of Air Hitam within the criteria based on the regulation, such as, the hotspot and the fire in the village, the team work of Masyarakat Siaga Api (MSA),and the supporting response from the regional government and the people themselves.
The DMPA program has good influence. The villagers become aware of the danger of the fire. It is seen that most of them now cultivate their land without fire. They realized that there would be many negative impacts caused by burning the area, both from the human health, the land, the legal, and other material losses.
The role of MSA is important part to prevent the fire and it was vocalized by Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) through the same program. In the recent days, MEF also announced its plant to make and develop Masyarakat Peduli Api (MPA) in 100 villages in East Kalimantan Province after making MPA for 200 villages in the regions where the fire is susceptible to take place in Indonesia.
Director of Forest and Area Fire Control, MEF, Raffles B. Panjaitan emphasized, MPA is important to prevent the fire in the forest and areas in their region. (T2)