Converting Coconut Fibers into Money

Housewives are spinning coconut fibers to become coconets used for the mine reclamation  #batuhijau

Housewives are spinning coconut fibers to become coconets used for the mine reclamation #batuhijau

West Sumbawa, June 27, 2019 - Coconet coconut fiber processing business is one of the Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara (Amman Mineral)-supported businesses in connection with the community development programs around the Batu Hijau mine, West Sumbawa Regency. This is a form of direct community involvement in reclamation activities by utilizing local resources. We really need this Coconet to prevent erosion on the Batu Hijau former mine site.

"Empowering local communities by utilizing resources available in the surrounding environment is what we are currently developing through various corporate social responsibility programs to create an independent community around the Batu Hijau mine," said Anita Avianty, Head of Corporate Communications at Amman Mineral .

Before developing this business, coconet processing entrepreneurs in Maluk Village received technical training from Amman Mineral. The training was participated in by young people and housewives from the local villages, with the aim to increase family income. Every day on average they can produce 40 rolls of coconet that are then sold to Amman Mineral for Rp267,900 / roll. The average number of coconet purchases per year is around 6630 rolls, if the price is Rp. 267 thousand per roll, the average annual purchase is Rp.1.7 billion rupiah. In addition to meeting the needs of the Amman Mineral, coconets are also ordered by other mining companies operating in the Dompu region, West Nusa Tenggara.

Coconet is a coconut fiber that is spun and functions to prevent land reclamation from landslides and erosion. The manufacturing process is by attaching a piece of coconut fiber to the spinning machine, then the coco fiber is connected until it reaches 15 meters long. To connect it, the workers walk backwards while twisting the coconut fibers until the desired size is obtained. Next, the coconet is woven 30 meters wide before being rolled up.

Since 2014, Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara ("Amman Mineral") has been using coconet coconut fibers produced by some local business units under the guidance of the company in Maluk Village, Sekongkang District, West Sumbawa, for the purpose of the Batu Hijau mine reclamation. Throughout this year, the company has purchased 5408 rolls of coconets (1 roll = 30 m2) to meet the 2019 reclamation plan. Up to the first quarter of 2019 the total ex-mine area reclaimed at the Batu Hijau mine has reached 701.89 hectares of the total 2,739.45 hectares cleared for mining areas and other supporting facilities.

Some community business development programs that have been initiated by Amman Mineral since 2017 and will continue include seaweed cultivation, palm sugar processing, honey bee cultivation, laying and broiler breeding, and catfish farming. Overall, all social responsibility activities carried out by the company have benefited 17 villages in 3 sub-districts around the mine in particular and 5 other sub-districts in West Sumbawa Regency in general.


On PT Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara

Amman Mineral Group is a company whose main line of business is mining, which operates the Batu Hijau mine in West Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara. The Batu Hijau Mine is one of the largest copper and gold mines in Indonesia that is managed while continuing to prioritize safety, environmental protection and social responsibility aspects.

Amman Mineral has received 7 GREEN PROPER (Company Performance Rating Assessment Program) awards from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK). Green PROPER is an award for a company whose performance is considered to exceed the standards set by KLHK for various aspects of environmental protection management and community development programs around the mine.