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Organic farmers, consumers discuss tactics

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 21 2009   /  01:42 pm
Harvest time: Organic food enthusiasts enjoy a free vegetable picking tour at an organic farm in the Cijulang village of Bogor, West Java. (JP/Faisal Maliki Baskoro)(JP/Faisal Maliki Baskoro)

Several farmers in Cijulang village, in the valley of Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java, have started a new, environmentally friendly routine recently.
Harvest time: Organic food enthusiasts enjoy a free vegetable picking tour at an organic farm in the Cijulang village of Bogor, West Java. (JP/Faisal Maliki Baskoro) They wake up early every morning to tend to their farms, inspecting their crops one by one.
For fertilizer they use goat’s manure from nearby goat barns, for pesticides they pour ash and spray liquid coconut husks. “It’s hard being an organic farmer, especially when you are not allowed to use any artificial chemicals,” Kang Marin said.
“I did not know anything about organic farming before the guys from Elsppat [an NGO concerned with organic farming] introduced me to organic farming back in 2000,” Marin said.
Marin...