The Integrated Agriculture for the Smallholders when The FFB Gets Cheaper

The Integrated Agriculture for the Smallholders when The FFB Gets Cheaper

InfoSAWIT, KOTAWARINGIN LAMA - Kabul (47) could be said as the different one from the others. He has strong determination not to depend on palm oil plantations always. When the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) is in fluctuation, this would be a misery for him. Finally he decided to plant intercrops among his trees.

He naturally has the idea to plant vegetables. He does it normally based on his experiences. But what he got was not the same as what he hoped. There were no much result. It was not the same with the capital he spent for the seeds and nursery.

Did he feel desperate? No, he did not. He tried to plant vegetables again. But this time, he and his two friends are committed to implement the integrated agriculture – not only farming but also do livestock. He got the integrated agriculture concept from the training of Pertanian Terpadu Taman Edukasi Pertanian Abatani in Mojokerto, East Java which was facilitated by the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of BGA Group Kalteng.

The training was done to realize the developed welfare and independent people and also to support the regional government’s program in the food security. At the time, the training spent 10 days, was joined by 4 representatives of the smallholders’ groups developed by BGA Group in Central and West Kalimantan. It is hoped that the participants could be the trainers or developers of integrated agriculture in their own regions.

It made them get more profit from their cultivation, not only from one single commodity. Besides, the integrated agriculture could create the running cycle of economy, be safe in the fund, and maximize in the income. To implement the integrated agriculture, the smallholders should do entrepreneurship. They have to process the areas within the agricultural, livestock, and fishery system in the upstream, and they have to sell the cultivation results in the downstream sector.

After going back from the training, Kabul and his friends directly implemented. About 4 months after it, the result started to come, for example, the vegetables, such as, cucumber, corn, eggplant, and chilly. They are in harvest and could help his daily needs. Besides planting vegetables, he breeds hens, goats, and fishes too. Everything is integrated in his two hectare – palm oil plantation.

He said that there are some that could be harvested in week, month, three months, and semester. The spinach, for example, could be harvested in 5 weeks. He could harvest cucumber. He plants the vegetable in about 15 meter x 80 centimeter for one spot.

“I have harvested the cucumber. It is about 117 kg, Alhamdulillah, I sold it to the people around my neighborhood and I got about Rp. 1,4 million,” he said as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.  (T2)


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