As one of the largest plantation companies in Indonesia, operating largely in rural and remote areas, GAR not only plays an active role in the well-being of our employees but also in the wider communities where we operate. GAR believes that growing palm oil is an effective way to create jobs and alleviate poverty, and provides opportunities for communities to secure a better livelihood for themselves.
By using knowledge and resources resident in the community, GAR identifies local opportunities to stimulate economic growth to increase the income of individuals and families. This can include developing entirely new businesses, strengthening capacity and improving local infrastructure to help communities achieve their full economic potential.
Our operations create a range of entrepreneurial opportunities for the communities around them – and these are an important aspect of the economic impact that GAR has. In remote, rural areas, local entrepreneurs often handle the transportation of palm oil and vehicle repair workshops, gas stations and other automotive businesses, as well as employment opportunities for drivers, technicians and service staff.
We also help empower all (100%) of our palm oil smallholders under the plasma scheme, as well as village cooperatives (Koperasi Unit Desa or KUD) and oil palm smallholder cooperatives (Koperasi Petani Sawit or KOPSA).
While GAR does not own the plasma plantations, they are very closely integrated into our management system and we take the lead in promoting their success and productivity. Our plasma smallholders are achieving a yield of more than four tonnes per hectare, higher than the national average of 3.5 tonnes per hectare.
We extend support to all our plasma smallholders ensuring they have access to high-yielding seeds and good quality fertilisers. We also ensure knowledge transfer and capacity building through regular training on Good Agricultural Practices for all our smallholders.