Magelang, Central Java (ANTARA News) - Perum Perhutani has prepared around 400 million young plants for reforestation of at least 200,000 hectares of forested land in the country this year, the state forestry company`s president director, Trastoto Handadari, said here on Monday.
The company is currently seeking cooperation with a third party to support the funding of the project, he said when launching a reforestation drive here on Monday.
He said he would also seek funds from the State Budget especially those allocated for reforestation of protected forests.
He said reforestation of protected forests was also part of public service obligation, so that it could not always be done by Perhutani. "So we are also seeking a source of funds for the program from the national budget," he said.
He said the reforestation of 200,000 hectares of forest land would absorb around one million workers.
He said the implementation of the reforestation program covering 36 hectares of protected forests would cost Rp150 billion.
He said that meanwhile he managed to establish cooperation with a third party in providing the necessary funding of the reforestation of 30,000 hectares of other forests in the country.
He said Perhutani had also developed other programs like forest education and tourism programs in the framework of the reforestation drive until 2010.
"It is hoped that under the reforestation program, Indonesia will again become green and able to improve the people`s welfare," he said.