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A transportation cooperative in South Sorong, West Papua has purchased a dump truck and entered an agreement with an oil palm company for its operation to transport oil palm fresh fruit bunches to a mill operated by ANJ’s sister company.

The agreement was signed between the Sumano Hiwa Mandiri transportation cooperative and PT Permata Putra Mandiri (PPM) a subsidiary of agribusiness firm PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ), said an ANJ press release issued on Thursday (27/6), a day after the signing.

The cooperative based in Sumano village, headed by Agus Hadome and which has members from five clans in the villages, handed over the truck to PPM which under the agreement will use it to transport fresh fruit bunches of oil palm from its plantation to a mill operated by sister ompany PT Putera Manunggal Perkasa, also in South Sorong, West Papua.

“The achievement of the Sumanro Hiwa Mandiri transportation cooperative is the results of efforts of the community to obtain praiseworthy economic independence and is proof of their support for the operations of PT PPM and PMP in South Sorong, PPM General Manager Ali Dinar Nur said as quoted in the release.

The Palm Oil Mill of PT PMP in South Sorong is 90 percent completed. The first line mill which has a production capacity of 45 tons per hours is expected to be fully completed later in this current quarter but has since May already started test runs.

Gritje Fonataba, the head of ANJ government and stakeholder relations, said that the cooperation was for the long term and under the agreement PPM will provide guidance for a year after which the cooperative is expected to be able to manage the operation of the truck in a sustainable way.

PT PMP and PPM operates oil plam plantation covering 8,678 hectares in South Sorong.

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