Yagasu - Yagasu And Pur Project Held Agroforestry in Citarum Watershed, West Java Program Launching Socialization on Saturday, 13 November 2021.
The agroforestry program socialization was opened by the Headman of Margamulya Village, Mr. Suhendra Rohmani, followed by Mrs. Meilinda Suriani Harefa (Program Director of Yagasu), the representative of Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, Mr. Sumarlan (Director of Harmonization of Utilization of Natural Resources and the Environment) and Mr. Heldo Marta (Coordinator of Harmonizing Environmental Management), Head of Watershed Management at the West Java Provincial Forestry Service, Mr. Adji Sumarwan, PUR Project representative, Mr. Arif Kurniawan (Country Manager of PUR Projet Indonesia), Mrs. Melati Samata Aji (Bandung Agroforestry Program Coordinator), Members of Margamulya Farmer Group, and Members pf Bojongmulyasari Farmer Group.
Agroforestry is a farming system that combines agricultural and forestry crops to increase profits and provide added value. In one forest area, there are trees, both homogeneous and heterogeneous, combined with one or more types of agricultural crops. This technique aims to create an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable ecosystem.
Agroforestry helps optimally use land so that it can improve the needs of people’s lives. It also helps to increase the carrying capacity of human ecology especially in rural areas. Therefore, agroforestry can also be used to guarantee and improve food needs and raise people’s living standards.
In this socialization, each party hopes that this Agroforestry program will manage to provide benefits to the environment in the form of carbon sequestration, regulate terrestrial land water systems and oxygen supply, and provide additional economic advantages to farmers through agricultural products. This socialization was closed with the handing over of plant seeds from PUR Projet to Mrs. Meilinda Suriani Harefa as Program Director of Yagasu, then from Yagasu to Farmer Groups of Margamulya Village and Bojongmulyasari Village as a symbolic launch of the Yagasu Agroforestry program in West Java.
(Mrs. Meilinda Suriani Harefa was handing over a plant seed to the representative of Farmer Group in Margamulya and Bojongmulyasari Village as a symbolic launch of Yagasu Agroforestry program in West Java)
Yagasu (Yayasan Gajah Sumatra) is a Non-Governmental Organization with over 21 years of practical experiences on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem restoration and protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, capacity building, environmental education and local economic reconstruction through the facilitation of generating income for local communities on green livelihoods. Established on July 17, 2001, the organization initial concernwas Sumatra’s elephant conservation. In 2006, Yagasu changed its management structure and officially registered with Yagasu Aceh as its legal name. In recent years, yagasu has been focused on restoring mangrove restoration, environment and climate change, and local community empowerment in Aceh, North Sumatra, East Java, and Wet Java Province.