The broom sticks that we usually use to sweep the yard of the house are made from the leaves of the midrib of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) or other types of palm plants. It turns out that much is needed also in foreign countries such as Pakistan. Therefore, the broom has a fairly high economic value.

Tanjung Balai Asahan Agricultural Quarantine has certified the export of palm oil sticks to Pakistan as much as 163.2 tons. Loaded in seven containers with a value of Rp 916.5 million. The commodity comes from Labuhan Batu Regency. In accordance with Law Number 21 of 2019 concerning Animal, Fish and Plant Quarantine, in order to carry out traffic in agricultural commodities and their derivative products, both between areas and between countries, quarantine measures must be carried out.

Prior to delivery, TBA Agricultural Quarantine officials carry out commodity inspections. “The examinations carried out are in the form of physical and administrative examinations. Disinfection by fumigation using methyl bromide," said Kristyaphine S. Retnosari as Tanjung Balai Asahan Agricultural Quarantine official in her official statement, Tuesday (19/1/2021).

The inspection, Kristyaphine added, is carried out to ensure that the brooms to be exported are in healthy condition, free from plant-disturbing organisms (OPT) and quarantine plant-disturbing organisms (OPTK) and according to the requirements of the destination country. 

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IDXChannel - In the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, many business people think creatively to increase their income. One of them is carried out by palm oil entrepreneurs, who utilize waste from palm fronds into sticks and successfully export them abroad.

As stated, the Daily Chairperson of the National Entrepreneurs Network (Japnas) Regional Manager, Viktor Yonatan. Currently, there are two companies that have succeeded in utilizing palm midrib into sticks and exported to Pakistan.

“In Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau. Two companies collect 17 tons of palm sticks, with the purchase price of Rp. 2,000 per kilogram. The sticks were sent to Pakistan," said Viktor, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Japnas Regional Manager, Pekanbaru, Riau, Thursday (25/3/2021).

Viktor said, the potential for processing palm frond waste is very large. If only 3 million hectares of the oil palm area in Riau are already producing with age over 8 years, then the potential for midrib every 6 months that can be utilized by the industry has reached 1.1 billion stems.

"For example, every six months from one oil palm trunk, three stems are removed and one leaf stem produces 1 kilogram of sticks, then the sticks that can be used are more than 1 million tons," he added.

In addition to the fronds, said Viktor, currently palm oil entrepreneurs are also using the bark of palm trees as material for furniture crafts.

“With the drying and cleaning process, this midrib skin will look good in texture. Actually, oil palm trees can also be used as furniture,” said Viktor.

"In other places, palm oil broom sticks already have economic value and are even exported. Then the coconut midrib skin has economic value. Why can't we make something like this in Riau with economic value. This is the beginning of the idea," added the Chairman of the Board JapNas Riau region, Arif Eka Saputra. (RAMA) Source:


KELURAHAN Muara Kembang ordained themselves as the 'flower' of Muara Jawa. Not because of the village's last name, but because of the extraordinary potential of Muara Kembang.

There is a lot of potential in this kelurahan which is located directly facing the Makassar Strait. One of them is nipah sticks.

Nipah sticks are an additional source of income for the residents of Muara Kembang, who generally work as fishermen and farmers.

"In addition to bringing fish home, now they can also bring nipah," said Muara Kembang Village Head, Muhammad Ramli, Thursday (14/1/2021).

The production process of nipah sticks also involves local women. Muara Kembang women can now also earn rupiah by shaving the nipah sticks, separating the nipah sticks from the leaves.

Nipah sticks that have been separated from the leaves are then dried in the sun and after drying are collected to Sinar Nilam UKM. Back then, they didn't have a group,

now they realize the importance of SME groups for the sustainability of their business.

One kilogram of nipah sticks is valued at Rp. 1000. Working casually, while carrying out routine tasks as housewives, in two days mothers can at least collect up to 100 kg.

Nipah leaves turned out to be another product that buyers from Samarinda and Balikpapan, and even Makassar, were also waiting for. Nipah leaves are needed for making ketupat coto Makassar, for example.

The waste from the shavings of nipah sticks can still be used as compost. So almost all parts of the nipah stick can be used.

Muara Kembang is also known as a producer of charcoal. Every week the demand for charcoal from Samarinda can be up to 20 sacks. While the process of making charcoal takes about 4-5 days.

“If someone says he is unemployed in Muara Kembang, that is not true. He is not unemployed, but lazy. Because of what? Because there are many opportunities here. Just sit around chatting while slicing sticks to make money. And so on," said Ramli.

Last December, nipa sticks from a village with a population of more than 4000 people also succeeded in contributing 25 tons of nipa sticks exports to the Indian market.

Nipa palm sticks from Muara Kembang also participated in filling the series of exports of nipa palm sticks along with a number of other areas such as Penajam Paser Utara, Paser and several other villages in Kutai Kartanegara which are generally located in the Delta Mahakam area.