AMMAN Uses Maggots to Manage Waste, Support Local Green Economy

AMMAN Uses Maggots to Manage Waste, Support Local Green Economy
West Sumbawa, June 5, 2024 - The issue of waste management, particularly food waste, is a critical concern in Indonesia. Data from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) in 2023 shows that food waste contributes 41.4% of the total national waste. Responding to this, AMMAN, one of Indonesia’s largest copper-and-gold mining companies, initiated a waste management program in villages surrounding the Batu Hijau mine based on the cultivation of Black Soldier Fly (BSF) maggots, showcasing its commitment to environmental conservation and green-economy principles.
AMMAN collaborates with local residents through this program to transform food waste into valuable resources. The program converts waste into feed for BSF larvae, minimizing waste-management costs and producing marketable products such as fresh and dried maggots and organic fertilizer.
AMMAN recently organized a study tour for maggot farmers to visit maggot and chicken farms in neighboring Lombok, coinciding with the launch of the BSF maggot-based waste management program.
During the event, Mars Anugerainsyah, Head of the West Sumbawa Environment Office, expressed his appreciation for the program.“This program reflects the commitment to preserving and managing the environment to promote a green economy. We hope this program can benefit the surrounding communities and be replicated in other regions, whether for maggot cultivation or ongoing waste management in schools,” he said.
The program focuses on three districts adjacent to the Batu Hijau mine: Sekongkang Atas, Maluk, and Jereweh. AMMAN provides comprehensive support, including maggot cultivation training, tools and equipment for farm construction, waste selection and collection techniques, and product marketing.
This program also offers innovative solutions for waste management and community economic empowerment. The “waste bank” scheme allows the community to exchange household food waste for staple food packages, increasing the economic value of waste and encouraging participation in environmental conservation. This scheme reaches out to the community and tourism businesses such as hotels and restaurants, creating broader collaboration opportunities.
AMMAN Vice President of Social Impact Priyo Pramono, stated, “Later on, Sekongkang Atas BSF will be able to produce up to eight tons of maggots per month. We hope this program can address organic waste issues in the local environment, meet the demand for animal feed in NTB, and become a mainstay enterprise for the villagers,” said Priyo.
“The BSF Maggot Cultivation Program reflects the AMMAN commitment to supporting sustainable development and realizing a green economy in neighboring communities. We hope this program can benefit our neighbors and serve as an example for others to contribute to environmental conservation,” he concluded.
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