Pembangunan Ekonomi Wilayah Perbatasan Antar-Negara di Provinsi Riau

Djaimi Bakce, Almasdi Syahza, Brilliant Asmit. Bagian dari Provinsi Riau terletak di Jalur Perdagangan Internasional Selat Malaka yang berdekatan dengan negara tetangga Malaysia, namun lokasi strategis tersebut belum dimanfaatkan secara optimal. Tujuan utama dari penelitian ini adalah untuk menemukan model dan strategi … Continue reading


Almasdi Syahza and Brilliant Asmit

Plantation activities have increased the mobility of goods in the villages, causing plantation activities to also open business and employment opportunities for people who are able to accept these opportunities. Since post-1998 crisis, the growth of oil palm plantation area in Riau increased sharply, namely in 1998, the area of oil palm plantations was 901,276 ha, in 2012, 1,119,798 ha and increased to 2,103,175 ha at the end of 2017. Through economic activities that produce goods and services required during the plantation process and the development, downstream industries will have backward linkages. The development of oil palm plantations in Riau has had an impact on economic activities in rural areas. The result of the research in the field is that the average income of farmers in the plantation subsector (especially oil palm) is Rp4,576,696 per month or $5,781.09 per year. The impact on investment in the estate subsector has been felt by rural communities. This condition also affects the purchasing power of the people, resulting in the increase of mobility of goods and people. During the period 2009–2016, rural communities enjoyed a high level of prosperity. During this period, the price of fresh fruit bunch at the farm level was quite profitable. On the other hand, the production of the plantation area also increased compared to the previous period. The impact of rising prices and increasing production of farmers is that the farmers’ welfare index in the countryside had a positive value of 0.43. This index showed the increase of farmers’ welfare from the previous period by 43 percent.

Citation: Syahza, A. and Asmit, B. (2019), “Regional economic empowerment through oil palm economic institutional development”, Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 30 No. 6, pp. 1256-1278.


By: Almasdi Syahza

In Riau Province, the development of oil palm is quite rapid. This is reasonable for several reasons which include the following supporting factors: the geographical condition of the Riau region is very supportive; the high demand for palm oil derivative products; the existence of market guarantee for oil palm farmers; the higher income oil palm generates than other plantation crops; and the relatively flat area. Most of the problems faced by oil palm farmers are the use of less good seeds, the length of the fruit laying at the location of the plantation, the inadequate production road, the relatively far distance to palm oil mill (POM) (National Agency of Drug and Food Control), the tendency of determining the unilateral revenue of the POM, the collectively measurement of revenue and the general revenue information. The development of oil palm plantations has created an entrepreneurial capability for farmers who are able to capture business opportunities in the agricultural sector, especially the plantation sub-sector.


Syahza, A. (2019), “The potential of environmental impact as a result of the development of palm oil plantation”, Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 1072-1094.


By:  Almasdi SyahzaDjaimi BackeBrilliant Asmit

Natural rubber and its derivatives are believed to spur regional economic growth and be able to improve income distribution and poverty alleviation through employment. Institutional arrangement with the concept of natural rubber farming sustainability-based natural rubber (ABKA) provides two effects: first, the direct effect, i.e. the concept of ABKA provides direct benefits to the parties involved in the business. Second, indirect effects, namely, the concept of ABKA, provides benefits to the parties who are not directly involved in the company.


Syahza, A.Backe, D. and Asmit, B. (2018), “Natural rubber institutional arrangement in efforts to accelerate rural economic development in the province of Riau”, International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 60 No. 6, pp. 1509-1521.

The communication model of forest management based on environmental awareness

Refniza Yanti; Almasdi Syahza; Achmad Hidir; Suwondo 

The purpose of this paper is to do an in-depth comprehension about local wisdom values related to the forest management in Nagari Koto Malintang, Tanjung Raya District, Agam Regency, West Sumatra Province, and to find a communication model in the forest management based on environmental awareness. Research on indigenous forest management has been widely done, but information related to information flow and communication pattern of indigenous people in conveying local wisdom values to the management of forests is little to find.


Yanti, R.Syahza, A.Hidir, A. and Suwondo, S. (2018), “The communication model of forest management based on environmental awareness”, Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 1093-1109.



Increasing The Awareness of Palm Oil Plantation Replanting Through Farmers Training

Almasdi Syahza; Djaimi Bakce; Brilliant Asmit:

Palm oil plantation in the Province of Riau has reached the unproductive age and need replanting. Private and government-owned plantation has started the replanting, but plantation community owned. The slow replanting process in smallholders’ palm oil plantation caused by poor knowledge of replanting. This community service objective was to increase the awareness of replanting of palm oil plantation run by smallholders, so it can accelerate the replanting process. We used interactive training method to deliver knowledge related to palm oil plantation replanting. The activity combined indoor and field class to give a better understanding of replanting. The community service activity involved academicians, palm oil practitioners, government institution, and palm oil farmers association. The success of this activity measured by the participant’s assessment results through the written test. This training successfully delivered the needed knowledge and experience about palm oil plantation replanting. The knowledge and awareness were expected to accelerate the successful replanting process of palm oil plantation in the Province of Riau.

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Citation: Syahza, A., Bakce, D.,  and Asmit, B., 2018. Increasing the awareness of palm oil plantation replanting through farmers training. Riau Journal of Empowerment 1(1): 1-9.