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That day Ganjang entered the frankincense forest carrying a long machete with a scabbard tied to the left side of his waist. Before entering the forest, there is a vast area of empty land. "That land is still being managed. I want to grow coffee there," he said.
Ganjang lives in the traditional community of Pandumaan-Sipituhuta in Humbang Hasundutan Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Entering the frankincense forest, one passes the area of the PT Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL) timber company in Tele District.