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Jakarta Post

Rubber cultivated to protect family lands

  • Severianus Endi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 9 2012   /  09:14 am

Budding prospects: Teenage girls and boys, trained by a program for young farmers, inspect the stems of rubber seedlings grown on peatland in Teluk Bakung in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan. JP/Severianus EndiA group of teenage girls seems oblivious to the intense mid-afternoon sunlight in Loncek hamlet. They happily inspect the stems of rubber seedlings grown in a 1-hectare farm located in peat land.

They are replacing rotten seedlings. The previous week, the farm was flooded and a number of seedlings had withered. Some teenage boys clear tree stumps with chainsaws and later gather and burn them.

Loncek hamlet is located 60 kilometers from the West Kalimantan capital, Pontianak. It is accessible by the smoothly paved Trans-Kalimantan Highway, which connects with a 10-kilometer dirt road through an oil palm plantation to Loncek.

Loncek is one of the seven hamlets in Telu...