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IPNI Video- Part 1

Posted on June 08, 2016 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

We are excited to share this video produced by our partner IPNI on their Cocoa Care program.

IPNI's Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) is working with Cocoa Care to help cocoa farmers in Sulawesi, Indonesia, increase their productivity. The project provides education and training to farmers, and allows SEAP to conduct much needed research. Watch Part 1 of the video here: 

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Successful Breeds Success- Sukardi

Posted on July 06, 2015 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Cocoa farmer Sukardi was ready to give up cocoa farming 2 years ago is now a very successful cocoa farmer thanks to support from the Cocoa Care / IPNI program.

Now, Sukardi's farm produces about 2.6 kg per tree, which is about 5 times the national average and many people come to see what he has been able to achieve.

The head of the local government Agricultural Extension service, was so impressed when visiting Sukardi’s farm and his neighbours Kawasdi and Aripe farms ( also Cocoa Care supported famers, said,  "WOW !!  This is fantastic !   How can we help you achieve even more ?"

Sukardi explained that water was a significant problem at some times of the year and that as the climate becomes more unpredictable, he and his neighbours are trying to find ways to access and better manage water resources.  Fortunately there are shallow / replenishable water resources available in the area and Sukardi submitted a proposal to the Government to establish a well, with supporting generator and pump, and a water storage and distribution system to supply his and 4 neighbouring farms.   

His proposal was approved and a small project ($4,000) was implemented to provide access to water during the dry periods of the year significantly reducing income risk going forward and promising to further lift productivity for this small farmer group.

 

Sukardi is now writing a proposal for fertilizer support for 40 Ha of neighbouring farms !! 

The local Government is very much aware and supports Cocoa Care and its efforts to help cocoa farmers out of their difficulties and onto a path to sustainability and Cocoa Care appreciates the role and efforts of the Government to further improve the sustainability of cocoa farming in Indonesia.  

Thank you IPNI for supporting Sukardi and changing the lives of so many.

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Tenri Tops the Charts

Posted on March 21, 2015 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Cocoa farmer Tenri, from Cabenge, Soppeng, South Sulawesi, was always an energetic farmer but without the training or economic resources necessary to rehabilitate his farm, he found himself stuck in a spiral of financial difficulty that made it hard to see any kind of future at all in cocoa farming. 

Now, thanks to the Cocoa Care / IPNI program, and after two years of hard work by Tenri and his wife, Sumiati, the productivity of their cocoa farm is more than 5 times what is was just two years ago and their future is bright. Tenri just can't stop smiling now. 

Cocoa Care advisor, Noel Janetski, met Tenri recently and showed him the reports from the data collected every two weeks by Cocoa Care monitors.  With productivity approaching 3 ton per ha, pest and disease damage less than 10 - 15% and cocoa bean size way above the national standard, Tenri and Sumiati have a lot to smile about. 

Farmer Tenri
Cocoa Care Advisor, Noel Janetski. Cocoa Care Monitor Askar and Farmer Tenri with a data sheet used to track Tenri's progress

Tenri was one of the early adopters of the Cocoa Care,"in farm composting program" , which seeks to recycle all organic matter produced in the farm and rebuild soil organic material levels, is really seeing the benefits of using organic matter in conjunction with the application of the right amount of the right fertilisers in the right place at the right time.

Congratulations Tenri and Sumiati, and thank you IPNI for recognising and responding to the needs of struggling cocoa farmers in Indonesia.

 

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Tenri's On Farm Composting

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Back in January 2014 during a field trip with our friends at IPNI we were delighted to see that farmer Tenri had decided to give composting a go having learnt a little bit about it at training. In an effort to improve his soil condition Tenri has established a basic compost station using logs and waste from around the farm. 

Cocoa Carer Noel and Thomas from IPNI both spent time with Tenri giving him some advise on how to improve his compost. Shortly after, we presented Tenri with a tarpaulin and some micro- organisms mix to aid the composting process and increase soil micro-biodiversity, a cover for the compost and some expert advise on how best to prepare his compost in the field. Just to give Tenri a little helping hand. 

Upon a routine visit to Tenri's farm last week it was so fantastic to see Tenri actually applying these micro-organisms and tending to his compost! Very cool photo.  

 

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Tools For New Farmers

Posted on February 22, 2014 by Cocoa Care | 0 comments

Following their training on February 5th, 2014 Farmers Basri, Arise, Sulaemana, Naharuddin, Vandi, Pabbe, Aripe, Supu and H.Budi were all given their tool packs as a part of the IPNI 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 IPNI, 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.   

 Farmer H.Budi (left) and Farmer Arise (right) receive their tools.

 

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