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Jakarta Post

Abraham Manggas: Rescuing sugar palms

  • Markus Makur

    The Jakarta Post

Ruteng, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Tue, August 14 2012   /  05:30 am

The threat of the disappearance of sugar palms in West Manggarai regency in Flores, as a result of unending exploitation without rejuvenation, prompted Abraham Manggas, 47, to cultivate sugar palm seedlings and replant the crop.

So far this year, he has replanted 3,500 sugar palm trees, locally known as raping, which are economically significant to the West Manggarai community.

Abraham has planted raping in a five-hectare area in the regency’s Nantal and Golo Ruu subdistricts in Kuwus district.

Born in Wetik, Kuwus, on March 4, 1965, the man has been important to the conservation of sugar palm habitats in the region.

Since 2005, farmers in West Manggarai, particularly in Kolang in Kuwus and in Masang Pacar district, have grown limited amounts of sugar palms on their own plots of land in attempts to support the crop.

The decline in the population of...