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Miracle plant heals wounds and economies

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Gianyar   /   Wed, March 19 2008   /  12:19 am
BALM WEEDING: Women works in one of PT Alove Bali's aloe vera plantations in Blahbatuh, Gianyar. (JP/Trisha Sertori)(JP/Trisha Sertori)

BALM WEEDING: Women works in one of PT Alove Bali's aloe vera plantations in Blahbatuh, Gianyar. (JP/Trisha Sertori)Long polysaccharides in the North African aloe vera plant could help reduce illness in HIV/AIDS and cancer patients. At the same time the cactus plant may also help reduce poverty in some of Bali's dry areas. Bali is currently producing around 15,000 liters of aloe vera weekly for the European market, according to Floris Schaaper, an engineer with aloe vera producer, PT Alove Bali. That volume, harvested on 80 hectares, is expected to grow to more than 30,000 liters weekly in the coming months. "By 2012 the plan is to have 500 hectares of aloe vera producing 20 million liters per year. That can be processed at this existing factory," said Schaaper of the PT Alove Bali factory in Blahbatuh, Gianyar. The modern factory will be formally opened April 5. ...