PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk (Perseroan) entered the plantation industry in Indonesia more than 30 years ago. Starting with a cassava plantation, and later developing a rubber plantation, in 1984 the Company established an oil palm plantation in Riau Province. Today the Company has grown into one of the largest and best managed oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi operating a total acreage of 286.877 hectares.
Apart from operating the oil palm plantations, the Company also diversified by developing a relevant downstream industry as a strategy to safeguard the continuity of its business. It is currently also operating a palm oil refinery in the Mamuju Utara Regency in West Sulawesi Province, and in Dumai, Riau Province. Processed palm oil products taking the form of olein, stearin, and PFAD roduced by the refinery serve to meet market demand for export, among others from China and the Philippines. In 2016 the Company also set up a fertilizer blending plant in Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi Province. In addition, the Company also initiated an integrated cattle-in-plantation business.