ACEHTREND.COM, Subulussalam — The Indonesian Farmers Harmony Association (HKTI) of Subulussalam City collaborated with the Earthworm Foundation to provide training on the formulation of environmentally friendly fertilizers for oil palm farmers. The training was given to oil palm farmers who are members of the Sada Kata Plantation Cooperative assisted by HKTI Subulussalam City. The training took place in Singgersing Village, Sultan Daulat District, Sunday (15/8/2021).
The training was guided by Waluyo Sutopo who is an expert in fertilizer formulation from the Earthworm Foundation. Waluyo Sutopo, who is familiarly called Pakde, gave his training by relying on organic jangkos materials.
Pakde said that during his observations he saw that jangkos were often used by farmers as additional fertilizer for oil palm plants. However, so far, the jangkos, which are palm oil mill waste (PMKS), have only been used in a modest manner, aka there is no processing of the jangkos into an integrated fertilizer.
“In fact, if it is processed again, the jangkos can be relied on as fertilizer for palm trees. Moreover, this jangkos is quite easy to obtain,” said Pakde when giving training theory to farmers.
Based on that analysis, Pakde then invited farmers to practice together how the technique of processing jangkos into a fertilizer that can support the productivity of FFB (fresh fruit bunches) so that farmers also have maximum yields.
“Besides this fertilizer saves oil palm maintenance costs, this fertilizer is also environmentally friendly,” explained Pakde.
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Monitoring acehtrend, it seems that dozens of farmers immediately accepted the field practice from Pakde regarding the technique of processing jangkos into an alternative fertilizer for farmers, as well as how to apply the jangkos fertilizer to plants.
Looking at the processing practice, this organic raw material for jangkos is also combined with several other types of complementary fertilizers. Then fermented up to 3-4 days.
Head of HKTI Subulussalam City, Wahda, said this training was a breakthrough for oil palm farmers in increasing crop yields.
“With this type of renewable organic fertilizer as taught by Pakde Waluyo from Earthworm directly to farmers, it will certainly excite our fostered farmers. Apart from being practical, this fertilizer is also cost-effective and environmentally friendly,” said Wahda.
Wahda added that in the midst of the high demand for chemical fertilizers, thanks to this training, farmers are certainly greatly helped.
“After this, farmers will be able to practice it themselves so that the concept of sustainable palm oil as expected by Earthworm and HKTI can be realized. At the same time, this will be a pilot project so that in the future it can be followed by other oil palm farmers,” said Wahda.
Meanwhile, Kasraji, one of the staff from Earthworm Foundation explained that the training program on organic fertilizer formulation is to support fruit productivity.
The use of this fertilizer is also how will later bring the community’s palm oil plantations through regeneration or known as regerative farming which can improve soil structure and soil texture.
“If this is applied, it will automatically improve the land which is in an emergency condition, meaning the land is in a damaged situation. And compost or organic fertilizer is one way to improve soil structure and texture,” explained Kasraji.
Editor: Ihan Nurdin