Compost Machinery & Training
With the compost house built and a brand new compost machine delivered, farmers undertook training in producing a high quality fertilizer.
Both the compost machinery and training were generously donated by our friends at Mars Indonesia.
Cocoa Carer Darwis was shown how to apply beneficial natural soil microorganisms that will assist in the composting process and later carry forward to the soil to support the development of healthy soil.
Farmers within the Cocoa Care programs also delivered waste from their farms to add to the compost. Currently Cocoa Care is paying Cocoa Farmers Rp 5,000 (USD 0.50c) per bag of waste pods adding value to the cocoa farming system.
An example of some of the materials that will go into the compost are:
- Waste Cocoa Pods
- Corn and banana stalks
- Rice Husks
- Prunings from shade trees
- Cocoa Bark Waste from the cocoa paper production.
L: Compost Machinery arrives. R: Cocoa Carer Darwis brings in the tank that will grow the microorganisms.L: Farmer Aris brings waste pods from his farm. R: Darwis and Masuchi unload waste bark from Cocoa Paper production.
Mars Indonesia field staff arrive to conduct compost training.
Cocoa Carer Darwis and Farmer Aris learning about composting.
L:Making Fertlizer. R: Cocoa Carer Darwis applies beneficial natural microorganisms to the compost mix.
L: Mars Field staff give the thumbs up to composting. Another happy day for Darwis and Zainuddin.