In an effort to improve the community and livelihoods in Yanggandur, one of the villages that are being supported by the Wasur National Park and FORCLIME in Merauke Regency, South Papua, an initial survey of the Moruti Farmers Group (which means ancestral land) was carried out on 21 August 2023. This activity was initiated by village facilitators who implemented various activities in Yanggandur Village, Theodorus Tethool S.Sos. An initial survey of other farmers groups in Yanggandur Village was previously been undertaken at the beginning of August. This current initial survey aimed to assess the Moruti Farmers Group in terms of administration and product potential.
The Moruti Farmers Group was founded by Mrs. Kasparina Ndiken, who is also the group leader, and has 15 members (including the leader). The group produces non-timber forest products, such as VCO oil and various flavors of banana chips, and will soon start producing buah merah oil (oil made from Pandanus conoideus). The survey results have revealed that the group does not yet possess any administrative documents (cash book, guest book, group activity book). Moreover, the products that are being produced are not yet covered by any Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) license. Through mentoring activities, group capacity is set to be increased in terms of production quality, including packaging, product marketing and necessary permits. In addition, training sessions will also be held that specifically address administrative and financial management, as well as institutional strengthening.