InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Arie Malangyudo’s long experiences in national palm oil plantation business comes to an end when he is trusted to lead PT Sasaran Ehsan Mekarsari (SEM), a seed palm oil company, which its head office is in Taman Wisata Mekarsari, Cileungsi, Bogor, West Java, about 2006. His career began in PT Astra Agro Lestari, Tbk, since 1979, before he resigned in 2000’s to be in PT Wahana Esa Sejati. Arie decided to resign from Wahana Esa Sejati in February 2005.
For more than 20 years in Astra Agro, he studied important things and did many experiments in palm oil cultivation. Arie also designed and created many new developments in palm oil cultivations. The best system in national palm oil has been established and done consistently by Astra Agro until now.
The system oriented to high qualified harvest through superior seed utilization, plantation management, good preservation, fertilization and post-harvest preservation. The result is the fresh fruit bunch in lots of numbers reaching 24 tons/hectare/year and 26% yeild.
In addition, it is important for the company to make good relationship with the society around the plantation. Astra Agro is one pioneer to implement social -economic program to the society by community development concept which has held since 1996.
In a quality oriented system, that is, to create best quality plantation and area intensification to have high productivity, the company is not too ambitious to open massive plantation but it is consistent to a certain part, make prudent principle, and the most important is everybody who involves must have low profile. The company is not easily tempted to do diversification, such as, to be in the derivatives industry.
“Astra Agro does a conservative palm oil company and it makes this company as the “best” company in Indonesia,” Arie mentioned.
Arie wanted to make Astra Agro as palm oil plantation company in national level that could make reliable human resources in their parts, just like ‘citybank’ for the alumni to be proud of.
That is why a manager of plantation should frame two candidates of manger. “The priciples of the plantation worker are about control, detail, and routine,” he said.
He who graduated from University of Padjajaran, Bandung, majoring Agronomy, in 1997, saw that the future challenges in national palm industries come from internal country.
For instance, this business is full of regulations, overlapping layout, and the problems threaten the future business. “But these are the challenges to manage palm oil plantation in Indonesia. Even so, palm oil is so interesting and many sides are interested in doing it because it is the future industry in the world,” he explained. (T2)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, January 2013
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