Project Details


Compost Traning Seminar for Farmers in Indonesia


ORGANIC FERTILIZER TRAINING


With funds received from Lanesra Foundation, Philippines, 24 subsistence farmers in Wonolelo Village, Bantul District, Yogyakarta, Indonesia got a one-month training in the production of organic fertilizer from Dec. 16, 2007-January 16, 2008.


The farmers divided themselves into 3 groups and then elected their own chief, secretary, and treasurer.


After successful socialization of the concept to the group, they began to construct the compost sheds that would be used for the organic fertilizer production. The sheds were completed before the completion of the training and are now being used for ongoing compost production. Every group built a 4 x 9 m composting shed, which has 3 rooms.


For three days, the three groups underwent theoretical and practical training in organic fertilizer production.


Theoretical training covered subjects related to organic fertilizer such as:

  • introduction about organic farming in general;
  • general explanation about organic fertilizer;
  • making compost starter;
  • making solid compost;
  • making liquid compost;
  • managing cow’s urine for land fertilizing.

Every group made about 4 tons of organic fertilizer and 100 liters of liquid fertilizer in the first training session. The practical training employed the “gotong royong” (collective help) system. Every trainee was involved in the process, so they could absorb the knowledge they received.


Monitoring:

For 21 days after mixing the compost the farmers would control the fermenting heap from time to time. After the compost was produced, they shared it among themselves. They also started making new compost as well as mixing the former compost onto their individual plots.


Present Situation:

The 24 farmers have continued with the monthly production of organic fertilizer and liquid fertilizer which has increased the production of their rice and secondary crops by 50% thus far. With the start-up they received from the Lanesra Foundation they have set up a revolving fund to purchase needed local material for compost production (cow manure, straw, green manure, etc) all managed through their coop executive committee.