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Farmer Story: Meet Pak Teguh

Pak Teguh is a farmer and project participant in Kota Dalam village, Mekakau Ilir sub-district in Indonesia. He owns 1 ha of land, which he inherited from his wife’s family, and purchased another 3.5 ha in a nearby mountain area. In order to dedicate himself to his 3.5 ha plot, Pak Teguh had a sharecropper who managed his 1 ha farm and with whom he split the harvest 50 – 50. This farm used to produce 1.5 tons, but in 2014 that production dropped to only 600 kg.

 

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“I would like the International Coffee Partners to continue supporting us and all coffee farmers in expanding our knowledge. I hope this support will continue and the local farmers can be autonomous. Coffee production and quality can be improved, which would lead to a better selling price. Those are our wishes as coffee farmers.”

PAK TEGUH, FARMER


Pak Teguh registered with the project late; as an independent farmer, he did not know about the project activities in the area. Other coffee farmers were informed by their farmer organizations. As soon as Pak Taguh learned that an international organization was implementing a project in his village he joined the local farmer organization Cinta Maju, and is now an active participant.

He explains that for farmers in this region it is difficult to receive training or outside support to improve their production systems. “I’m farming and growing coffee, but I feel I can learn much more about coffee farming. I never got any sensitization or special training about coffee.”

Pak Teguh missed the first session on pruning, but the leader of his farmer organization taught him the techniques, which he has since tested on his farm. After attending the second Farmer Field School session on composting, he realized he could significantly increase his production and earnings, and decided to terminate his sharecropping agreement and manage both plots by himself.

I feel a new spirit in coffee farming after receiving so much knowledge at the Farmer Field School. My wish is that this farm improves the harvest to what it used to be in the past – a minimum of 2 tons next year. I want to show others that the production of any farm can be maximized. I want people to see what I do and follow my example.

I have planned something for this farm in the future. I already have a nursery for Excelsa seeds that I will use as the rootstock. There are 800 trees, two weeks old. I also want to produce compost myself. That way I don’t have to buy it and can cut the production cost to a minimum.

I would like the International Coffee Partners to continue supporting us and all coffee farmers to expand our knowledge. I hope this support will continue and the local farmers can be autonomous. Coffee production and quality can be improved, which would lead to a better selling price. Those are our wishes as coffee farmers.”

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