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Fertilizer Kiosk OPEN!

Posted on October 08, 2016 by Cocoa Care

We are so pleased to see the fertilizer kiosk open for business and already generating sales. 

Farmer Ratmiddin reported they have already sold some backpack sprayers, premium pruning poles, wheelbarrows and some other smaller items.  Niar, Ratmiddin's wife, is already preparing to purchase more inventory for their kiosk!

Bags of Lautan Luas fertilizer have arrived in the kiosk which will be up for sale any day now. 

Outstanding news which further proves the necessity of these kiosks specifically designed to improve soil and tree heath.

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Fertilizer Kiosks

Posted on June 08, 2016 by Cocoa Care

As a part of the joint Cocoa Care program with IPNI, Lautan Luas and Uralkali fertilizer kiosks are being established in South Sulawesi to provide farmers with easy access to vital fertilizers and tools and other materials. 

The owner operators of the kiosks are existing Cocoa Care farmers who have shown potential to become lead farmers. These farmers will receive advanced training in soil management and plant nutrition so they will be able to provide simple soil testing from the kiosk, make recommendations on a plant nutrition strategy and then sell farmers the fertilizer mix. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farmers Recieve Their Tools

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Cocoa Care

Following their good agricultural practices training Farmers Hafid, Okkeng, Aslam, Bahrauddin, Firman, Fausan and Mustari were all given their tool packs as a part of the Lautan Luas program. 

Like most cocoa farmers, these farmers did not have the tools required to perform basic good agricultural practices (GAP) of pruning, fertilising, sanitation and harvesting however tried, where possible, to borrow basic tools from friends and neighbours.

Thanks to your sponsorship, these farmers now have their own tools, pest management spraying equipment, personal protective gear to keep safe and other equipment required to empower them to routinely apply GAP to increase his farm productivity and long term sustainability.   

These farmers were out in their farms using their new tools before the end of the day, clearly excited about now being able to implement their learnings with the right tools!

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Meet The Recipients Of Your Support

Posted on April 01, 2015 by Cocoa Care

We are pleased to introduce you to the 7 cocoa farming families who will join the 2014 Lautan Luas soil research program.  

These families will all benefit greatly from training, tools and a fertilizer and compost program being implemented to help these families manage their soil better and help them to manage their cocoa farms in a sustainable way.  

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Welcome

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Cocoa Care

We would like to thank PT. Lautan Luas Tbk for working together with the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) to implement a Cocoa Care program to help improve the lives of cocoa farming families in Indonesia.  

The main purpose of this program is to enhance the yield and profitability of cocoa production systems, facilitate the effective use of production inputs, and improve the soil quality of intensively managed cocoa production systems through the use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship consistent management practices- applying the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place.

Over the next 4 years 15-20 farms from around the Soppeng / Bone region will join this program. All farmers involved in this program are struggling to maintain sustainable productivity levels under increasing pressure from pests and diseases with inadequate application of necessary farm inputs.

In addition, three Cocoa Carers will be trained in in soil and plant analyses and fertilizer recommendations.

All farmers involved in this program will receive in class and on farm training, tool kits for both the male and female of the farming family unit, fertilizers & pest management materials for the program duration along with support and guidance from the Cocoa Care & monitoring teams. In addition dead or non-productive cocoa trees will be rehabilitated or replaced.

Programs like your are essential to get these cocoa farming families onto a solid path to sustainable cocoa farming and help them escape the poverty trap. 

We look forward to sharing with you all program updates and photos here as they become available. Again, thank you for caring about Indonesian cocoa farming families. 

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