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Jakarta Post

Turning herbs into cash

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Wonogiri, Central Java   /   Sun, May 22 2011   /  07:00 am

Workers are busy making herbal products at PT Deltomed company in Wonogiri, Central Java. The company, which has been producing herbal products for 35 years, works with farmers to provide raw materials for the products. JP/Indah SetiawatiSome cashew trees grew in Karto Satiman’s garden. But none of them produced ripe fruit.

“We did not have crops the past two years because of the weather. The heavy rain damaged the flowers of the cashew trees,” the 72-year-old resident of Rejosari village, Jatisrono district, in Central Java’s Wonogiri regency told The Jakarta Post.

He explained in a flat tone. No trace of sadness or bitterness in his voice. The old man did not even look very disappointed with the fact he had lost potential income from cashew nuts, which had become a high value commodity in his district.

His eyes turned bright when he talked about turmeric ...