TOKYO (July 8, 2010)—Bridgestone Corp., working with the World Agroforestry Centre, said it will provide support to rubber smallholders in Indonesia.
The partners aim to offer information and guidance on best practices in connection with the cultivation of rubber trees. They also will conduct joint research intended to help stabilize the region´s agricultural rubber industry in the future.
Bridgestone donated about $23,000 to the World Agroforestry Center, based in Bogor, Indonesia, as part of its agreement. The company's P. T. Bridgestone Sumatra Rubber Estate subsidiary will work with the center's representatives in connection with these initiatives.
Bridgestone owns two natural rubber estates in Indonesia, on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, occupying a total area of 24,000 hectares.
Much of Indonesia´s domestic natural rubber is produced by small-scale farmers with holdings of less than two hectares. Through support for such agricultural households, Bridgestone said it hopes to boost natural rubber yields and contribute to economic stability and the development of local communities