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Jakarta Post

Muharjo: Planting the seeds of organic health

  • Simon Sudarman


Jakarta   /   Thu, February 18 2010   /  01:37 pm

JP/Simon SudarmanIs it possible to create a business where justice prevails? Where customers, owners and workers all benefit? Muharjo, the founder of organic farming business Kembang Lestari, thinks it is.

Muharjo’s back yard is pretty big, and it seems the men and women there are busy working away. Men are carrying sacks of rice, compost and fertilizer while women are weighing rice, removing dirt from it, and then putting it into sacks. Although all seem to have their hands full, so to speak, the atmosphere is by no means serious.

“Even though this business belongs to me, I’m thankful that all my employees and customers feel a sense of ownership, so it can be run in an atmosphere of mutual trust and honesty,” explains Muharjo, 60, who pioneered his organic farming business in 1992 in his remote village of Bangkerep in Bantul, about 40 kilometers south of Yogyakart...