Community participation and sustainable economic activity is a vital aspect of environmental and biodiversity conservation on the Kampar Peninsula.
RER works with villagers in Sangar sub-village and Segamai village on Kampar Peninsula, and in four villagers on Padang Island, to support no-burn vegetable farming. The farming programme has been set up to prevent the risk from the common practice of slash and burn farming and to provide the communities living around RER with an alternative method of land preparation that will produce valuable food crops.
The communities are initially provided with seedlings of mainly vegetable crops such as red and green chili, red ginger, eggplant, tomato, cayenne and green beans together with equipment and supplies like hand tools and fertilisers. A field school is organized regularly as a learning platform for the community to discuss problems and improve techniques for crop productivity.
By 2017, in Sangar sub-village, where the program is delivered by RER’s partner, BIDARA, 3.5 ha of land had been already cultivated with a variety of vegetable crops. Red chili is currently the most attractive crop, generating significant income for 18 households who are members of the Maju Bersama farmers group. In Padang Island, RER also works with Laskar Alam to assist farmer groups in four villages with demonstration plots for horticulture. Each group of farmers currently manages the planting and harvesting of chili, cayenne peppers and tomatoes. In 2017, through several cycles of harvesting, the demonstration of no burn farming successfully generated additional income for all four villages.