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.
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.