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BUMDes face uphill challenges in growing business

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /  01:42 pm
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Village leaders and observers Warungbanten village head Jaro Ruhandi (right), Indonesian Farmers Seed Bank and Technology Association chairman Dwi Andreas Santosa (second right) and Institute for Research and Empowerment researcher Sunarji Zamroni (third right) participate in a discussion on Village-Owned Business (BUMDes) on Jan. 17, 2020 at the Village and City Festival in Ragunan, South Jakarta.(JP/mfp)

The government has set up many village-owned businesses (BUMDes) in the country in an effort to drive the rural economy, but some have been facing difficulty in growing their businesses amid their struggle for greater community participation due to differing visions and a lack of competency. Romdon Hadanursyamsih, a manager of the Karya Mandiri BUMDes of Hegarmanah village in Garut, West Java, said that the company had grown relatively well because it generally served to meet the daily needs of villagers. However, its growth had stagnated because of difficulties in recruiting local residents to run the company. “It is difficult to recruit all villagers, as we often find that they have a different vision from the current management on how to run the business,” Romdon told The Jakarta Post on ...