The goal of the activities is to implement sustainable development of field vegetable production, thereby contributing to economic development, to food security and food quality and to environmental and human health protection by reducing pesticide use.
Objectives of the project
The project will concentrates its activities in Central Java and in Brastagi, Sumatra.
Goals differ in scope between the two proposed regions, depending on differences in present level of economic development. E.g. in Central Java basic economic development and food security and food quality will be the main issues. In Brastagi emphasis will be on improvement of the export opportunities to Singapore and Malaysia.
- Following results of the earlier Train the Chain (2009-2011) and SUPRO (2011) projects, it was concluded that the VEG-Impact project would work in Central Java with the hot pepper and shallots crops. Hot pepper and shallots are the two most important vegetable crops in Indonesia.
- After preparations, in July, connected to the local planting schedules, a meeting was organised in Brebes, Central Java, with farmers to introduce them to the concept of “Linking farmers to markets”. The presentation basically introduced them to the ‘Vegetable production with impact’ (VEG-Impact) project. It was emphasised that the project would concentrate on learning together on how to work as a group with the aim to continuously supply hot pepper and shallots to the market.
- Farmers were much interested to participate in the project. Based on available resources and the tentative cropping plan, ultimately nine pilot farmers were selected to be directly involved in the project. Farmers were selected on the availability of a sufficiently large area of land, willingness to reserve part of the land especially for the program, willingness to follow the protocols for year round supply and on the ability to keep farm records.
- Next to bi-weekly supervision visits to the farmers, a training was organised for the 22 farmers and other participants involved, dealing with:
- The original idea in the Veg-Impact project had been was to link farmers to the Paserda (METRO) supermarkets. Unexpectedly, however, METRO withdrew from Indonesia in 2012. Instead a mini survey was held under traders and fresh buyers to gauge their interest in supply and market arrangements and compliance to Good Agricultural Practises. Main results of the survey showed that:
- Time was spent on preparing a new, multi-year, Indonesia wide program on ‘Vegetable production with impact’, as financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This new program (2012-2016) was granted in December 2012. The pilot activities in Central Java in 2012 serve as an excellent preparation and start for activities in the new program in Central Java. Brastagi has also been designated as one of the areas to work in in the new program.
- Officially the project ended in 2012. In the first months of 2013, however, the supervision of hot pepper production in the demo field / net house and farm record keeping partners will continue by our local partners. Harvest of hot pepper is expected to be completed in February 2013. On request of the participating farmers two workshops on fertilization and crop protection will be held in the first quarter of 2013.
- An internal progress report, production protocols and presentations are available.