Agribusiness, paper firms
ink deal to support orangutans

The Forestry Ministry, agribusiness company PT SMART and pulp and paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) on Monday announced a partnership with the non-profit organization Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), creating a joint program to protect orangutans.

The two-year program, Friends of Orangutan, will support the release of 40 orangutans back into their original habitat, as well as supporting the treatment of 330 orangutans at the PFI treatment center.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan lauded the partnership, saying he hoped it would set a new standard for cooperation among the government, private sector and public to protect orangutans and other protected animals in Indonesia, kompas.com reported.

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