Within the tranquil island of Riau, East Sumatra, sits a 100,000 hectares of lush greenery that boasts of lovely coconuts and pineapples. This was made possible with a conscientious synergy of innovation and dedication with a vision to emerge as the most comprehensive and integrated coconut industry in the world.
Founded in 1986 as a hybrid coconut plantation to emphasize crop intensification, PT Riau Sakti United Plantations (RSUP) is the first successful coconut plantation on porous peat soil in the world.
Peat soil is fertile and suitable for coconut cultivation but the highly porous soil allows too much water seepage and excessive evaporation which become more serious during the dry seasons. The problem has been addressed effectively at RSUP by the construction of an ingenious but costly irrigation network that comprises of main, secondary and tertiary canals measuring well over 3000 km in length. Suitably placed floodgates control water distribution to individual areas and ensure adequate supply of water at certain levels is consistently maintained. The network has been acknowledged as first of its kind in the world.
The canals are dredged approximately once every 18 months to enable consistent discharge of water to be maintained. The network enhances the productivity of the plantation and ensures that the processing plant at RSUP has a continuous supply of quality raw material.
The tropical zone where the RSUP coconut plantation is located has a rainfall of over 2,500mm per annum. It is therefore suitable for planting pineapples and so parts of the plantation have been turned into pineapple plantations. RSUP also has its own nursery for its hybrid coconut seeds. This has successfully resulted in a highly productive coconut plantation.
Much of RSUP's success has to be credited to the research and development efforts of the Research and Advisory Laboratory. The well equipped and competently staffed nursery and laboratory eliminate the need for outsourcing and ensures an uninterrupted supply of premium grade hybrid coconut and pineapple seedlings. Moreover, the laboratory continuously monitors the growth pattern of the plants to actively initiate the critical inducement of flowers and meticulously seek and eliminate harmful diseases.
As our corporate philosophy says it, QUALITY is it.