The project is a partnership with PT Hamparan Bumi Mas Abadi, the supplier of one of the largest coffee manufacturer in Southeast Asia. The mill has been operational since 2009, employing almost 100 workers. There are approximately 4,000 smallholder farmers that supply cassava to the mill.
The problems faced by the surrounding communities and businesses are:
- Unstable electricity and frequent outages result in loss of productivity for the industries and damages electrical appliances of surrounding communities.
- Vast amount of the methane emissions as the wastewater treatment was done through open lagoons, as a result, releasing all methane emissions into the atmosphere.
- Hydrogen sulfide is a hazardous gas and exposure may cause ocular, respiratory, neurological, metabolic and reproductive effects.