Generally, the livelihoods of Tuana Tuha villagers are fishermen, but uncertainty and cost make them leave the profession. At the end of visiting the village to buy kratom leaves or also Maeng da kratom, and inform the residents that the leaves are in great demand abroad. According to him, the leaf has been cultivated since 2004 in Pontianak. Villagers here for generations have been drinking boiled water from the bark of a tree, especially for women after giving birth to clean up dirty blood, and speed up the healing process, but we have never consumed the leaves.
This year, Tuana Tuha Village experienced a peak in kratom harvests between January and May. With 300 kratom pickers, it can get up to 50 tons of kratom leaves per month, generating an income of one billion rupiahs. Under the blazing Kalimantan sunshine, the leaves dry in just six hours and can also be used by local people as Maeng da capsules, and then placed in grinding. The final step is screening, in which villagers separate the leaves and stems.
After that, the leaves are put into sacks and sent by truck to buyers and exporters in West Kalimantan. While kratom pickers in Tuana Tuha still rely on existing kratom trees, farmers in the village of Sebelourse, located about 36 kilometers from the village, began planting kratom. Sauqani, a 44-year-old seller of kratom seeds, has planted 17,000 trees in an area of ​​two hectares since six months ago.
He is targeting a harvest by the end of this year, with a yield of five tons of dried kratom leaves. Good yield for the first harvest. A buyer in Pontianak told me that this kratom business is very promising because it has good sales value and the production cycle is fast, we were able to harvest eight months after planting. This is faster than other plants, such as oil palm which takes six years to harvest. Calming users abroad, and regulators, will be very important for farmers like. However, the unclear legality of kratom can also put the future of villagers in Tuana Tuha and farmers in SebelFID in uncertainty.
Desa Tuana Tuha only picks kratom leaves only when there is an order from West Kalimantan. That makes pickers and grinders more unemployed for most of the month. Meanwhile in Guidance can also be with Buy Kratom, BNN’s plan to process kratom users has led Sauqani to question the future of his new kratom plantation