Through MSE Assistance and Supporting SDGs, Pertamina Encourages Food Security and Renewable Energy from the Livestock Sector

Jakarta, June 20, 2021 - PT Pertamina (Persero), through the MSE Funding Program, has fostered tens of thousands of micro and small enterprises (MSEs) from various sectors. One of them is the livestock industry. Some of Pertamina's partners in this sector have become strategic business opportunities in Indonesia on a large scale.

Acting Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations of Pertamina, Fajriyah Usman, explained Pertamina had fostered more than 4,400 MSEs in the livestock sector. Not only cattle, but also chicken, duck, goat, and other potential livestock farms. Several Pertamina's partners in the livestock sector are also developing utilization of cow dung into biogas and electricity.

“Pertamina provides business capital loans to a farmer group consisting of 206 members across Kutai Kartanegara, West Kutai, East Kutai, Samarinda, Paser, and Balikpapan, where the group is a partner of the Salama Jaya Berkah Cooperative (BSJ). In addition, they also provide guidance and assistance so that their business continues to grow," she added.

The utilization of cattle dung is then processed into biogas to be distributed to people's homes and used for the daily needs of the residents of Tani Bakti Village, Loa Janan District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency.

In addition, there is a cattle farm in Glagaharjo Village, Cangkringan District, Sleman Regency. The village became the forerunner for more than 500 cattle farmers and has produced 8,400 liters of cow's milk per day, which is supplied to several large dairy industry companies in Indonesia.

Behind the success of Glagaharjo village to become the largest milk-producing center, there is one inspirational figure who becomes the driving force for other breeders. He is a veterinarian who was born and raised in a local area named Daud Suroto. The 54-year-old man admitted that he had been trying to develop a Glagaharjo cow milk center since 1993.

"Previously, cattle ranchers only depended on selling beef cattle for their income, even though these sales were seasonal, such as during the festival of sacrifice or Eid al-Adha. Because of that, I invite them to switch to being a cow's milk farmer," said Daud, who is also the recipient of the 2020 Local Hero Award from Pertamina.

According to Fajriyah, through the MSE Funding Program, Pertamina wants to provide energy that can move the economy--energy that fuels and energy that produces sustainable growth.

Pertamina also supports SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) point 8 achievements through implementing ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)-based programs in all of its operational areas. It is part of the environmental and social responsibility to realize economic benefits in the community.**

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