POST-CONFERENCE FIELD TRIP TO ORGANIC FARMING SITES
Batur – Sawangan – Borobudur
One day trip on Thursday, August 24, 2017
At the end of the conference, a field trip / technical excursions will be organized to visit a number of organic farming sites in the neighborhood of Yogyakarta. This will include a visit to an organic vegetable producing cooperation in the Salatiga area, and a visit to a cooperative of paddy rice production in Sawangan. During this tour, we will also have the opportunity to visit the Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction. The cost of the excursion is included in the registration fee of the conference, except for the entrance fee to Borobudur temple which should be provided by each participant.
1. Organic vegetables on the slopes of the spectacular Merbabu volcano
The first excursion point will be the vegetable production cooperation “Tranggulasi” in Batur village, Getasan subdistrict, close to the city of Salatiga and about 60 km driving from Yogyakarta. The mountaneous area surrounding the city of Salatiga is the major vegetable production region of Central Java. Conventional vegetable production here is in general very intensive, using massive inputs of synthetic fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. Nutrient use efficiency in these vegetable rotations is typically very low, and there are massive problems of nutrient losses and increasing resistance of pests and diseases to pesticides. However, increasingly there have been grassroots initiatives of organic vegetable production, and we will visit one of the most successful cooperations of organic vegetable production here, namely the cooperation “Tranggulasi”, headed by Mr. Pitoyo Ngatimin, school teacher and professional farmer, and one of the pioneers of organic vegetable production in the area.
2. Organic paddy rice on the verges of the city of Yogyakarta
The next excursion destination will be the organic rice production in subdistrict Sawangan, about 36 km driving south east from the first destination. The idea of doing organic farming system in this area was started in 2004 which was first coined by Wartono, a farmer from the village of Tirtosari. That idea share with fellow farmers in his village, Piyungan. The idea met with positive response by 25 farmers. Then, with the same goals, they form “Piyungan” farmers group, which is committed to organic farming. The success of “Piyungan” siphon interest of farmers in other villages to do organic farming systems. Thus, it becomes Combined Farmer Groups “Permata Sari” in 2009 consisting of 72 farmers with an area of approximately 50 hectares of rice fields. Now, organic farmer groups in the district Sawangan can feel the benefits of organic farming, because the price of organic rice is not affected by variations in the price of chemical fertilizers, which previously often manipulated by middlemen.
3. Borobudur temple
Borobudur, one of Indonesia’s most spectacular and most visited tourist sites, is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, dating from the 8th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of world’s truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, and few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama.
We will visit the Borobudur temple on our way back from Sawangan to Yogyakarta.