Rice husks – the hard coverings of rice grains – are often thrown away. But where most people see waste, Pangkalan Kerinci-based entrepreneur Jufri saw opportunity. With help from APRIL subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), he set up a business in 2000 which converts the husks into fertilizer for the agricultural industry.
Today he employs more than 80 people, providing jobs and opportunities to the local community.
Kristine Harpeni Sitompul is breaking new ground in more ways than one. Not only does she manage APRIL’s plant nursery, nurturing the saplings that will be used in our plantations, but she was the first women ever to join the company’s Assistant Trainee program.
Kompas.com has reported that APRIL Group makes a significant contribution to the economy locally, regionally and nationally. Since 1999, PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), operation of APRIL group, has contributed Rp 2.45 trillion (USD 183 million ) to the state.
That amount covers tax revenue of Rp 1.92 trillion (USD 143 million) and non-tax revenue of Rp 530 billion (USD 39 million)
As their natural habitat shrinks, wild elephants in Sumatra are driven closer to populated areas, which leads to conflict between humans and animals. To help combat this APRIL set up the Elephant Flying Squad to guide wild elephants away from human settlements and back into the forest.