IPNI / JSC Uralkali Sustainable Intensification Program
We are excited to announce the commencement of a new Cocoa Care program supported by JSC Uralkali and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Southeast Asia Program.
Uralkali is one of the world’s largest producers of potash to ensure the growing human population is provided with food. As a part of their commitment to sustainable development, Uralkali is joining forces with Cocoa Care and IPNI to help improve the lives of cocoa farming families in Indonesia.
The main purpose of this new 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- using the right nutrient source, and applying it at the right rate, at the right time, in the right place.
Over the next 4 years a minimum of 60 farms from around the Soppeng / Bone region will join this program. All farmers involved in the Uralkali / IPNI program are struggling to maintain sustainable productivity levels under increasing pressure from pests and diseases with inadequate application of necessary farm inputs.
All farmers involved in this program will receive training in GAP (good agricultural practices), tool kits for both the male and female of the farming family, fertilizer & pest management materials for the program duration, support and guidance from a Cocoa Carer – a highly trained farmer that works as an extension professional and where necessary dead or non-productive cacao trees will be rehabilitated or replaced with the best available planting materials.
Support programs like these are vital to help cocoa farming families onto a solid path to sustainable cocoa farming and help them to escape the poverty trap.