Kirana Sapta To Work Together With Government and NGO

01 July 2015 - 
Category: Kirana Info

Pemerintah swasta Kirana Sapta dan LSM kerja sama membantu petani karet Tapanuli UtaraPT Kirana Sapta enters a cooperative relationship with the Office of Agriculture and Foresty, North Tapanuli, and with Conservation International Indonesia (CII), in providing assistance to rubber smallholders. This mainly in the form of training services and aids for three villages in the District of Adiankoting in May 2015.

On 12th May, extension service was carried out in the village of Sibalanga drawing 46 participants. The following day it was done in the village of Tordolok Nauli with 46 participants, and similarly on 19th May in the village of Lotung Jae2 with 40 participants.

Each of the three institutions had its role in the successful implementation of the training activities. The Office of Agriculture and Forestry was responsible for the funding, while CII provided the expertise in the areas of rubber tapping techniques, rubber quality and marketing. Kirana Sapta elaborated on the merits of direct partnership with processing factory, quality and rubber selling.

Head of the Office Taput Marco Panggabean, stressed the usefulness of such training against the current situation of depressed international price. In trying to motivate smallholders that rubber commodity still had a bright future, a particular challenge was raised. For the majority of smallholders in North Tapanuli, except in Garoga, the challenge owed to the fact that many of the trees were aging – more than 25 years old. Nevertheless, they still have potential that many were left untapped due to lack of knowledge on proper harvesting.

Isner M. Manalu, Senior District Coordinator of the CII’s SLP Program for North Tapanuli, started with talking about the traditional way of tapping pattern that had gone for generations. Now the participants were taught of the proper tapping technique which covered tapping angle, direction of tapping, ideal time of the day, and which area of the bark best for harvesting.

Edy Suprayetno, Livelihood Coordinator of the SLP program, explained in detail to all smallholders about the proper tapping technique as applied to aging trees. There were three principles that must be adhered to in order to improve the yield: tapping system, fertilizing, and use of stimulants or SPS. It was the same principles as expressed in the local saying dalihan na tolu (= furnace’s three legs), whereby none of the legs were independent of one another but must work together in harmony and in continuous fashion. Through this technique, a smallholder can expect an increased yield in the range of 40% - 60% after one month of application.

After hearing this explanation, smallholders looked enthusiastic to observe the technique in practice with the use of bottom-trunk tapping knife and the application of stimulant. “From the discussion, it can be seen a new excitement on the part of the smallholders as well as awareness to tend again aging trees and not hastily chopped down” remarked Edy.

On the same occasion, The Office of Agriculture and Forestry donated out 40 tapping knifes to each of the three groups of smallholder representing the three villages. A special gift was given for the Tani Makmur smallholder group from the Lotung Jae2 village in the form of bud-grafting knifes. To every groups, CII handed out various tapping implements, such as, bottom-trunk tapping knifes, top-trunk tapping knifes, knife-sharpening tools both of the smooth and rough types, stimulant bottles, and coagulants. (Leno Agus/Asbron Limbong)***