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The Ayo Indonesia Foundation held an evaluation and sharing meeting involving agribusiness farmers

 




The Ayo Indonesia Foundation held an Evaluation and Sharing meeting involving agribusiness farmers and one Soya Cake (tempe) entrepreneur, on Wednesday (6/7/2022), at the Holy Eucharist Ka Redong Parish Hall.


umpungjayasiar.com, RUTENG. The Ayo Indonesia Foundation held an evaluation and sharing meeting involving agribusiness farmers and one tempe entrepreneur, Wednesday (6/7/2022), at the Holy Eucharistic Ka Redong Parish Hall. There were 42 participants who came from 11 parishes. The meeting participants were delegates who were beneficiaries of the Ayo Indonesia Foundation cooperation project with Missionprokur SVD Switzerland. This collaborative project is entitled “Improving Agriculture, Income, Health and Parish Institutions.” It aims to share good experiences or success stories, and map out the challenges in running their businesses in the field.

Father Kristianus Sambu, SVD, the Parish Priest of the Holy Eucharistic Ka Redong Parish explained about the spirituality of the Society of the Divine Word (Saint Arnold Janssen spirituality).

The evaluation and sharing meeting were officially opened by Fr. Kristianus Sambu SVD, the Parish Priest of the Holy Eucharistic Ka Redong Parish. In his opening remarks, Fr. Kris welcomed the participants and hoped that the fruit of this meeting will strengthen the spirit of fellowship, solidarity, and social care within the farmers. What the participants have done so far in the gardens is a form mission of liberation in the field of Economics, which is one of the spirits in the pastoral service of the Society of the Divine Word.

Father Kris said that “The activities carried out by all of you during this time, in several parishes with the Ayo Indonesia Foundation supported by SVD are not something new for Society ofthe Divine Word (SVD) in carrying out its mission of empowerment in the socio-economic dimension. Saint Arnold Janssen, a diocesan priest, a German, from the very beginning of the Society of the Divine Word has a mission to help people in other parts of the world whose lives are still socio-economically backward or poor, as well as related to spiritual life. Then this Society took part in carrying out a spiritual and physical development mission in the mission land.”

Father Kris continues, “Pastoral work from SVD in Manggarai related to the socio-economic mission, has historically been carried out by brothers where they built livestock, workshops and develop agriculture. These works were in direct contact with people's daily lives. They even trained the Manggarai people to be skilled craftsmen, carpenter, Livestocks, and farmers. From the beginning, the mission of SVD in Manggarai was to fight for the lives of the people to improve, but not to work alone, but to cooperate with other parties.”

One of the participants is sharing experiences related to agrobusiness.


Now, the mission is specifically in the field of agriculture, said Father Kris, “already being carried out by the Ayo Indonesia Foundation. This institution has become one of the SVD tools for empowering farmers. Figuratively speaking it can be said that fishermen should not be given fish, but they should be given a fishhook and they must be taught how to use a hook through capacity building trainings.”

Sharing good experiences or success stories from farmers and tempe entrepreneurs Session,

Florianus Hasi, the meeting facilitator gave the opportunity for 3 resource persons to share their experiences about the successes and challenges they have faced in running an agribusiness and tempe business.

 

However, prior to this session, Richard Roden, Program Coordinator presented the project achievements until project period of 2020/2021. He reminded the participants that the aim of the Ayo Indonesia Foundation Cooperation project with Missionprokur SVD Switzerland, is to improve the quality of agriculture (through an organic farming approach), health, income and parish institutions in the field of socio-economic development.

The agricultural land belonging to 622 program participants who implement organic farming has reached an area of 1082.81 acres. There are 148 of the total number of program participants have managed to sell vegetables for a year (2020-2021) with a turnover of IDR 772.464.000- and 1-person successful business of self-producing tempe (soya cake) by getting a turnover of IDR. 120,000,000 in 2020/2021. Richard further explained that based on the results of the lejong (discussion) with the farmers so far by online and offline method, Google form survey, they said that the challenges they were facing were climate change indicated the shifting of the rainy season, the rainy season was rather long, the shortage of raw materials for organic fertilizers, quite a lot of outside vegetable traders came to Manggarai, financial literacy very low, and the current financial expenditure of rural families, the trend continues to increase for social affairs, for example, fundraising events where the value is getting higher, while on the other hand family income is small and even tends to decrease.

Rikhardus Roden, Program Coordinator explains the achievements and challenges of the program.

Gregorius Sugianto, a farmer from Kakor Village, Reweng Parish, one of the resource persons told the participants that together with his wife they have been doing vegetable business since 2014. They believed that this business is promising and has prospects for development in Kakor Village, sub-district of Lembor. Before they began this business, in this village, the demand for vegetables is quite high but the supply is low, therefore vegetables are imported from outside. “My main job is repairing televisions and tapes, while my wife focuses on taking care of vegetables every day from production to marketing” he shared.


Then in 2019, Gregorius continues, “the Ayo Indonesia Foundation and KSP CU FLorette visited my house in Kakor, Lembor, then both of them encouraged my family and several neighbors to plant vegetables in large quantities by collaborating with KSP CU Florette. They also brought a new way of marketing where we have to have business partners in the market so that the vegetables, we plant and grow on the land are easy to be marketed. So far, our sales turnover has reached tens of millions of rupiah every growing season. This experience has driven us to plant and grow vegetables throughout the season. We save the money from selling vegetables in KSP CU Florette.

 

Noldy Batung, a young entrepreneur from Null Village, Tanggar Parish who has been in the Tempe (soya cake) business since 2016 said that, in the past he had migrated to Kalimantan and Soe, Timor, but he did not get what he hoped for, the reality was different so he decided to come back to Null village.

He chose the Soya Cake (tempe) business as the main source of income for his family after getting motivation from Stef, a field staff assigned by the Ayo Indonesia Foundation at the Tanggar Parish. He started this business by producing tempe using 10 kg of soybean as raw material, then 50 kg and since 2021 due to high market demand he often processes 100 kg of soybeans per day to produce 1,500 plates of tempe with a selling price of Rp. 2,000 per plate. "It is my wife's responsibility to produce and market tempe. Every day, my wife and 4 women produce approximately 1,500 plates of tempe, while 7 young people are entrusted to sell it to the villages. They don't only sell tempe but tomatoes, tofu, and anchovies. To support marketing, increase sales, I provide facilities in the form of 7 units of motorbikes and they get a salary of Rp. 100,000/day. In addition, if they sell beyond the sales target of Rp. 900,000 then they will definitely get an additional Rp. 50,000 of wages,” Noldy said.

The tempe business, said Noldy, is not free from problems or challenges. “We have experienced failure in producing 1 ton of soybeans, at that time, we could not produce tempe for one plate, but my wife and I thought this was normal, because before, often also face the problem of failure when fermentation is in the production process. At first, we did feel stressed but we stay strong, enthusiastic, pray, and continue to learn to find out the weak points in the production process, because we view problems and challenges as a test to get success” Noldy said. “To reduce or prevent failure in production, we learned from tempe entrepreneurs in Ruteng city, they are from Java and they are very good at sharing their experiences so that our tempe production activities have worked according to plan and have never failed again, because we already have a control system for the production process,” he added.

 

Meanwhile Yohanes Nerdi, the owner of an agro business by the name of NerdiFarm, said that before starting a vegetable and fruit agribusiness, “we have to think about how much money we should earn. Preferably, our turnover target must be high so that the land must also be wide so that we can focus on managing agribusiness.”

“Previously, I continued the story about my experience in running agribusiness in Mbalata, Watu Nggene Village, the business that I am building is the result of reflection from the social reality in the Kala Bumbu village where many people migrate to Kalimantan, it turns out that there, they work being a daily laborer on a plantation, even though they have a lot of land in their village, this is very ironic, this situation triggered me to build the NerdiFarm business” he added.

Yohanes Nerdi, Ambassador of Mainstay Farmers in 2021 who was inaugurated by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, is sharing his experience in managing NerdiFarm's Agribusiness business.


Together with several farmers in Kala Bumbu Village, said Nerdi, “we planted melons and watermelons, we dared to plant them, because we previously learned from one farmer from Java who had a successful melon business in Borong. Planting both types of fruit is profitable, within 2 months we get a sales turnover of tens of millions of rupiah. Then, we plant and grow vegetables in large quantities by referring to the results of a survey of the market needs of Aimere, Wae Lengga, Ruteng, Labuan Bajo, Borong and Wae Rana. We must make partner with traders or vegetable sellers in the market, before planting we must ask them about the amount and type of vegetables needed by the market. And to increase income, we collaborate with PowerAgro to apply drip irrigation technology, which can reduce production costs while the business capital comes from Business Loans at KSP CU Florette.”

“In running this business, there are also problems, there are also many challenges, but we learn that whatever we do is never free from risk, and we must continue to learn from it by looking at the experiences of others on YouTube, for example, challenges should not be avoided, but we must overcome them and manage them by finding solutions," concluded Nerdi. NerdiFarm is now an Agribusiness field school for 3 Vocational High Schools (SMKN) in East Manggarai Regency.


Contibutor: Rikhardus Roden Urut/ Pater Rino,SVD

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