HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING
In improving the quality of human resources of our members, we hold various kinds of training. The training is held regularly every three months. The types of training we provide include: organic coffee cultivation training, organic coffee production and processing management training, post-harvest management training, marketing training, and other pieces of training that can support the quality of members from producing to marketing coffee.
We hold these pieces of training with the members as participants as well as organizers. This training also brings in speakers according to the training material presented.
COFFEE BEAN DISTRIBUTION
In addition to training activities, this activity aims to increase coffee production, especially in the two regions, so that coffee production will be sustainable. This is very important to realize the stable stock of Gayo and Mandailing coffee in the international market.
Composting program as a substitute for chemical fertilizers
Organic agriculture can strengthen the natural environment’s resistance to disease. For example, coffee of this standard is generally shade-grown, a quality that promotes forest preservation. Making organic fertilizers can reduce soil erosion and increase fertility. It means that farmers are not only growing healthy coffee, but they are putting nutrients back into the soil to help the next crops. Some organic fertilizers are made from chicken manure, coffee pulp, bokashi, and general compost. If inorganic fertilizers such as synthetic nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium are used, then the crop grown cannot be certified organic.
Sumatra Coffee wants to produce quality organic coffee by creating a compost-making program as a substitute for chemical fertilizers. We educate coffee farmers to change chemical fertilizers into compost to produce quality coffee beans and increase soil fertility. In addition, the quality of the coffee beans also greatly affects the taste of coffee.
Rehabilitation of degraded and unproductive coffee trees
Some forests in Indonesia still face many problems. One of the problem is the degradation of land. Degraded land occurs because the forest can not function properly as a media production and water management (SK. Menhut No. 52 /KPTS-II/ 2001). Land rehabilitation needs to be done so that the forest can restore the function of the forest itself. Efforts to solve the problem of land degradation include applying soil and water conservation techniques.
The success of applying soil and water conservation techniques in critical land rehabilitation depends on many things. There must be land suitability and capability, ease of application, community acceptance, low cost, and in accordance with social forestry principles.
Not only forests, several coffee plantations in Sumatra have failed to produce. This is due to the lack of education on how to manage coffee plants. We invite farmers to reactivate abandoned coffee plantations. Before that, the farmers were educated by the Sumatran Coffee Team. We conduct training on the application of the right method so that the coffee has the best quality.
Increased processing of coffee
This social project also improves the quality of coffee processing. This includes the construction of a coffee cupping laboratory and the improvement of village-level collecting units. We see a significant increase in coffee quality as one of the outputs of this social project.