Ujung Kulon & Their Delightful Honey Produce

By talasi -- October 19, 2022

Origin Story

Ujung Kulon National Park is a land of vast biodiversity; home to around 700 flora and 600 fauna species, with the most famous being the one-horned rhinoceros, an endemic species of the region that has become the icon of the area due to its endangered status.

The area is divided into eight zones: the core zone, the jungle zone, the marine protection zone, the utilization zone, the traditional zone, the religious zone, and the special zone. The traditional zone is the part of the national park designated for traditional use by the local community.

Due to its biodiversity, the people of the area rely on forest products for their source of income. One of which is forest honey. This honey is made with the nectar of the Tongtolok tree flowers (Pterocymbium tinctorium), which are abundant in the area.

 

 

Our Partnership with Local Bee Farmers

At Talasi, we believe in making a difference at the Origin, and this value is also applied to our partnership with the bee farmers of Ujung Kulon National Park. We are committed to making their premium product accessible to the market while empowering the community with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to utilize their natural resources.

Moreover, we also strive to run our partnership based on Talasi’s five E’s. It means that our operation is run within the framework of a sustainable supply chain and ethical practices. In doing so, we hope to enhance the community’s livelihood, creating a higher and more stable income for them, while maintaining nature simultaneously.

 

The Journey

It all started in 2008 when Pak Eman and Kang Irwan established Hanjuang cooperative as a collective merchant in Ujung Jaya Village in Ujung Kulon. The village community runs a program called Hasil Hutan Bukan Kayu (HHBK), which means Non-timber Forest Products. This program was initiated to maintain the ecosystem surrounding Ujung Kulon National Park.

Today, at least three parties are involved in the whole production process in Ujung Jaya Village. Perhimpunan Hanjuang Mahardika Nusantara (PHMN) is responsible for developing Non-timber Forest Products around the area. Kelompok Tani Madu Hutan Ujung Kulon (KTMHUK), the local farmer’s collective, focuses on biodiversity, organic farming, advocacy, and the development of the local economy based on sustainability. The Hanjuang cooperative, on the other hand, is responsible for the whole marketing, supply chain, capital raising, and capacity-building processes.

 

 

When harvesting the honey, the bee farmers leave 20 to 30 percent of the honeycomb to maintain sustainability. They also plant nectar trees around the area to provide feed for the bees. The honey harvested is then collected by KTMHUK to be weighed and labeled before being sent to the Hanjuang cooperative for further processing. The end product is then distributed to resellers and consumers.

 

Signature Product: Watu Multifloral Honey

All that long process and hard work by the local community result in one of Talasi’s signature products: Watu Multifloral Honey – Origin: Ujung Kulon. This honey is yellowish in color and dominated by a luscious taste with a fruity hint of ripe pineapple end note. The purity of each batch is ensured using Carbon Isotope Analyzer, making it 100 percent pure honey.

 

 

We are proud to have this partnership with the bee farmers at Ujung Kulon National Park. Go ahead and support Talasi in building an honest and sustainable economy at the Origin through our Watu Multifloral Honey – Origin: Ujung Kulon, a high-quality and pure natural honey that is sustainably produced and harvested by the good people of Ujung Jaya Village.

 

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How can I contribute? How do we create a better livelihood? How can we use the abundant natural resources and add more value to their lives. This was my purpose calling and I have spent my adult life in the business of adding value to Indonesian natural resources. 

After a few days in Sumba, I was reenergized and felt the urge to start a new journey. This new endeavor will be different. This time I intended to bring more power to the smallholders and farmers in creating a sustainable chain that can give value and impact on their lives. And I named this enterprise Talasi which in sanskrit depicts trees that always bear flowers, fruits and new leaves, and a sweet fragrance or cornflower in Latin America.

Talasi is about exploring and discovering the potential in the obscurity. Talasi is about setting up and operating at the Origin. Talasi is about working with the community, providing them with knowledge, skills and tools. Investing at the grassroots level and connecting the chain to sustain and maintain nature while enhancing livelihoods. With the end game of empowerment to the people of the land.

With the creation of our premium honest brands, Watu and Toye across food and natural ingredient products, everyone can be part of this vision with each purchase in support of the same values and mission to empower the grassroots communities.

We will soon complete our full facilities and retreat in Sumba which is currently roasting our Watu cashews. And our Batukaru Talasi Retreat, Bali opened earlier this year with Flores next in line.

I am excited about what the future holds for “the Origin” and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal humble invitation to each and everyone you to visit us and “Experience Talasi”.

Let’s discover the Origin,
Alisjahbana Haliman
Founder

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