Medan Success
    Category: Issues & Ideas By : Sonya Angraini Read : 4575 Date : Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 23:50:36

    Ahmad Zamroni / Forbes Indonesia

    Haji Anif Shah is the owner of the Anugrah Langkat Makmur group, one of the biggest business groups in Medan. It covers many sectors, with palm oil as the biggest contributor. Anif started his palm oil business in 1982, while he was working as a contractor for a local palm oil company. He initially owned seven hectares of palm oil, which has now expanded to 30,000 hectares, all in North Sumatra. The company produces CPO and palm kernel, marketed in the domestic market. The production is around 2,500 tonnes per month.

    His son Musa, also known as Ijeck, is the president director of the group, with Anif as the commissioner. Anif explains that almost all plantations have a plasma scheme where local families are given three hectares, which now includes 1,300 families in Mandailing Natal, 250 families in Langkat and 500 families in Rokan Hulu. “Each of these families can generate around Rp 6 million per month from this land,” he claims.

    Anif plans to expand. He has one palm oil mill in Langkat and expects to build another one in Mandailing Natal. He hopes to export the output. He also wants to buy plantations outside Sumatra, with Kalimantan and Sulawesi under consideration, and he also plans to manage CPO waste. “The sewage plant will be processed into compost, and burned to produce steam to drive the power plant,” Ijeck explains.

    Anif owns 50,000 hectares of forest, which will be planted with rubber starting this year. “After 20 years, the timber will be cut and processed, then we will replant the land,” says Anif, who will be celebrating his 75th birthday this year. A new business is sugar cane. He already owns 17 hectares of it, which he is expanding to 100 hectares. “Sugar is hard to find now, and I like to do businesses that others are ignoring,” says Anif. 

    Outside plantations, Anif likes real estate. His first project was in Medan in 1992, building more than 3,000 houses on a 140 hectare plot. This year, he plans to build the second housing complex on a 190-hectare site. Anif explains that for the second one, he will add more facilities, while the number of houses will likely be the same.

    His other business is selling birds' nests, which are located in the wild. These nests are used for medicine and Chinese cuisine. The nests are harvested twice a year, with each harvest only producing around 15 kilograms. The price ranges from Rp 3 million to Rp 15 million per kilogram, depends on the quality.