Tropenbos Indonesia (TI) provided technical training on organic fertilizer production in "Capacity Building Training for Sungai Putri Farmer Group" organized by Village Government of Sungai Putri, Matan Hilir Utara Sub-district, Ketapang Regency, West Kalimantan. The activity that was carried out at Sungai Putri Village Office, on 24 September 2018, was funded by the 2018 Village Fund and attended by 20 participants from the village’s farmer group and the management of Village Owned Enterprises (BUMDes).
In his greeting, the Head of Sungai Putri Village, Aspawi said that the goal of the training is to improve the farmers’ skill and capacity in increasing agricultural production through the use of organic fertilizers so that the farmers’ income will be better. "So far, farmers are still using chemical fertilizers in the cultivation of crops; not only expensive, it is also environmentally unfriendly, while plant wastes such as straw, rice husks, grasses and livestock manure are available a lot, but not utilized. Through this activity, we hope that the community can make use wasted materials to become organic fertilizer, so that farmers no longer need to buy chemical fertilizers," he said.
Moreover, Aspawi expressed his gratitude and appreciation to TI for facilitating Sungai Putri Village. "Hopefully the collaboration with TI is not only for this year, but also for the following years," he said.
TI staff and also the trainer Gusti Suganda said, the training was a form of support provided by TI as a follow-up to the facilitation of Green RPJMDes (Village Medium Term Development Plan) Review in Sungai Putri Village using Participatory Action Research (PAR) method. "When we did PAR, the village government requested on capacity improvement for its farmer group, especially in the production of organic fertilizer," he said.
The training material given was prioritized on institutional strengthening, and capacity building for organic fertilizer production which discussed matters such as the importance of farmer group to collaborate with BUMDes, home industry product of solid and liquid Bokasi Fertilizer based on BUMDes business unit with speaker, Gusti Suganda, and production of weed control (herbicide) and weed control multiplication with speaker Markolaus Sutopo of local NGO, Perkumpulan Mitra Pembangunan (PMP).
To directly implement the theory into practice, the training includes practicing in the production of solid and liquid organic fertilizer using raw materials such as rice straw, husk charcoal, livestock manure, forage/leaves, bran, then added by decomposer using EM4 (Effective Microorganism) and MOL (Local Micro Organisms). Meanwhile, the production of herbicides used raw materials such as coconut water, vinegar, salt, yeast, and detergent as additional adhesive.
Enthusiastically following the practice, Riko, one of the participants said that he was very grateful to be able to join the training. "What we learn today is directly in line with general needs of farmers, in a way that is easy and highly beneficial to reduce production cost of agriculture, especially in the cultivation of rice and mixed garden," he said.
At the end of the sessions quizzes were held offering prizes, where souvenirs were given to participants who managed to answer questions from the training materials correctly. The souvenirs were hat with TI logo and equipment to produce fertilizer such as EM4. The quiz game was facilitated by TI staff, Winardi and Yogi.
The closing was done by the Village Secretary of Sungai Putri, Iskandar, who expressed the village government appreciation to the community support. According to him, in 2019 APBDes the priority proposals would address support to community empowerment. "The financing for green activities will be added especially to support the follow up of organic fertilizer production and green products based on BUMDes business unit." (GSU)