A group of enthusiastic, young and mainly female farmers in the Sorong area has been committed to helping new farmers in the cities of Sorong and Tambrauw with their business for a while now. They recently clustered their activities into an organization: the Yahet Farmer Group. Their aim is to provide a platform for farmers to collaborate and exchange knowledge and resources (such as tools and seeds). But also to jointly stand up for their (land)rights, which are not always safe.
The initiators saw a lack of knowledge about organic fertilization in their environment. By using organic fertilizers, farmers can take better care of their crops and take their business to a higher level. That is why they decided to organize a training for 25 farmers in the Mariat district (near Sorong), who grow coffee beans in a traditional way.
Not only increasing the harvest but also protecting the environment is an important reason for this training. Excessive use of fertilizer can lead to pollution and/or exhaustion of agricultural land. That is why the training also focuses on land and forest as living space. Taking good care of your land by using organic fertilizers will benefit you in the long term. In addition, as farmers become more aware of the value of their land, they are less likely to sell it to companies that destroy traditional living space. Consider, for example, the construction of huge palm oil plantations.
This organic fertilization training is a beautiful and important initiative that builds economically strong communities at the village level. Hapin financed the transport and accommodation of the trainers and the purchase of products with which organic fertilizer can be made.
The training is finished. You can read an update here.
It is still possible to contribute to the activities of the Yahet Farmer Group. They are currently working on new plans to provide starting farmers with seeds. You can donate online or to NL37RABO0444072470 o.v.v. ‘Fertilizer Management Training’.