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Jakarta Post

Katingan farmers grow rattan while preserving forests

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 11 2019   /  12:49 am

Fine vines: A worker dries rattan in Katingan regency, Central Kalimantan, so it can be sold at a higher price.(JP/Andi M Ibu Aqil)Every day, Muliyana carries a round rattan basket with a sickle on her back and goes to a plot of land in Rangan Surai village in Katingan, Central Kalimantan, to harvest durian, jackfruit and bamboo. Now, a non-timber forest product that Katingan is renowned for has been added to her list of harvested goods: rattan.

To harvest rattan, Muliyana uses a 2-hectare plot of land legally registered under her husband’s name. Trees and rattan are planted together along with other plants on the land.

She registered last month to become a member of the Katingan Rattan Farmers Association (P2RK) as rattan is one of the plants that can grow on her family’s land.

“Previously, the price [of rattan] was not steady. Because of that, I didn’t harv...