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Coffee, cocoa and rubber farmers begin to use 'good agricultural practices' with NGOs' help

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 30, 2019   /  11:32 am
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Sukiman harvests Arabica coffee beans on his plantation in this file photo. Sukiman started cultivating coffee in Deles village, Klaten regency, Central Java, in 2014. (JP/Magnus Hendratmo)

This year, good agricultural practices (GAP) have become more accessible as a number of NGOs have created training, research, financing and even off-taking initiatives for cacao, coffee and rubber farmers. Indonesia is the second-largest producer and exporter of rubber and the fourth-largest producer of coffee and cocoa globally. The three commodities combined comprised about US$1.88 billion of the country’s total exports. The commodities are mostly produced by smallholder famers. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), these farmers make up 84.4 percent, 95.9 percent and 97.6 percent of rubber, coffee and cocoa producers, respectively. Due to the prevalence of smallholders, implementing GAP on a local level is crucial to improving commodities productivity. Coffee farmers, for example, have received agroforestry training to develop better farming techniques and apply m...