Cattle manure in tea West Java

The project should enhance utilization of cattle manure as a fertilizer in tea plantations in West-Java. This should lead to a reduction in the environmental pollution from cattle manure, and should provide an additional source of income for small-scale dairy farmers.

In West Java, Indonesia, a large number of dairy farmers is discharging manure into the environment. Land for fodder production is often heavily over-fertilized. Using cattle manure as a fertilizer in other sectors can reduce environmental pollution and local nuisance. Tea plantation could be an opportunity for large-scale application of cattle manure, covering about 150 thousand ha of land in Indonesia, mainly in West Java. Therefore, the aim of this project is to gain more insight in barriers and opportunities to use cattle manure as a fertilizer in a large-scale tea plantations in West Java. Activities include: i) interviews and workshop to identify barriers and opportunities, and innovative solutions, ii) demo at PTPNVIII tea plantation in Bandung, iii) communication and dissemination activities. The project will be closely aligned with the CCAFS project Closing Regional Nutrient Cycles for Low-emission Agriculture.