Around our village Porli, almost 75% of the land is used by palm oil plantations. In addition palm oil is grown by small farmers in our village to provide for their livelihood. Palm oil production and deforestation go hand in hand. To build palm oil plantations, producers clear trees in tropical rainforests, destroying the biodiverse regions. Deforestation is a significant contributor to climate change. Intensive palm oil production is also creating all kinds of environmental fall-out, including air, soil and water pollution, and soil erosion. On a regional scale, palm oil production has also been associated with robbing Indigenous people of their land and livelihoods.
Not far from our village there is a river with beautifull jungle (Batu Rongring), an extraordinary asset we still have and need to protect. With a little knowledge, maybe the next generation will be able to maintain the integrity of this beautiful place. We must fight for environmentally friendly agriculture, we must stop deforestation and try out different / new plants and trees that are more environmentally friendly.
On a small scale we want to convince and help our farmers to replace their palm oil trees for a variety of trees such as durian, coconut, mahogany and rotan. We will try to raise funds to buy the necessary trees in order to work on “Sustainable Farming” together with the farmers of our village.
To achieve sustainable farming we have a long road to travel as each tree we plant needs to grow approximately 3 years befor it will give fruits and can indeed replace the income that is obtained from palm oil. So after planting we will need to see to it that the plants are taken care off and once ready to harvest, we need to see to it that palm oil trees are being removed from the land.
With the first tree-donation we have bought 60 coconut trees and we have planted these trees together with the children that attend English Class, on the land of a farmer that is currently growing palm oil.