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Jakarta Post

Lasiyo Syaifudin: Farming the smart way

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Bantul, Yogyakarta   /   Tue, January 26 2010   /  01:24 pm

JP/Slamet SusantoFarmers should not be poor, Lasiyo Syaifudin has decided.The 50-year-old Ponggok farmer — from Bambanglipuro, Bantul — has therefore made it his mission to tell his peers how to farm smart — while also applying local wisdom — by using biological material when planting crops or reducing dependence on chemical substances.Lasiyo, who has rarely been at home in recent years, trains farmers on how to use biological fertilizers and plant, when he is not busy in the fields. “I might get four invitations to train farming cooperatives in one month, and of course I will always choose to go,” said Lasiyo. Lasiyo’s persistence and mobility have earned him a quite a reputation in the farming community. “There is quite a bit of scorn and mockery. Understandably, the farmers have long been dependent on chemical substances and they find it difficult to accept change,” ...