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On Friday (11/3/2016), the Chief of Aek Sabaon Village distributed 50,000 seeds to​​ five villages that participated in the Community Conservation Agreement (CCA) in South Tapanuli District, North Sumatra Province, namely Aek Sabaon, Sugi, Aek Nabara, Tanjung Dolok, and Batu Satail.

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The seeds were distributed as a reward for the villagers' commitment on refraining from clearing the lands in the conservation and protected areas as well as from cutting down the trees along the riverbanks. It is important since they live adjacent to the conservation areas. They are also made aware of the importance of protecting conservation areas to ensure continuous stream of water supply.

The seeds distributed were sengon, mahogany, coffee, palm sugar, suren, rubber, and agarwood. They were selected because of their suitability for the local soil type and climate. In addition, some of the seeds such as coffee, palm sugar and agarwood yield economic benefits. Mahogany can support land conservation efforts if planted along the riverbanks or steep slopes, while sengon and suren can be used as border plants or sold.

After the distribution, a discussion and presentation were held regarding the utilization of the seeds. The government, through their Agricultural Extension Officers, will manage this seedbed to produce high-yielding varieties for the district.

OVATA and Operation Wallacea Trust are two NGOs that will assist the villagers adopt coffee conservation practices, including how to use organic fertilizers and plant shade trees in coffee plantations. In addition, a pilot plantation will be built in Aek Sabaon Village as an example for the other four villages.​

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The villagers are also encouraged to practice agroforestry by planting a wide variety of seeds, from woody to commodity crops. Agroforestry is a cultivation system in which forest trees are grown among agricultural or annual crops. In a month or two, Conservation International Indonesia will make a site visit to where the seeds are planted to ensure the villages' compliance with the agreement.  ​(Yoesman Tanjung/May, 3​​ 2016)​​

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