An alliance that was founded to organise and help poor farmers to become a self-sustaining community, discovered that the use of chemical fertilisers was a serious problem for the community. Chemical fertiliser is expensive since it must be shipped in from Medan, but is also toxic and harms the natural environment.
Pakpak Bharat Regency is highly suitable for rabbit farming, so the alliance offered to help its farmer members develop their own eco-friendly 'bokashi' fertiliser using rabbit waste. This will enable farmers to avoid the cost of purchasing expensive chemical fertilisers and help them gain innovative skills in transforming rabbit waste into useful products. A successful rabbit farm nearby will be used as a technical resource for assistance and guidance, with the potential to become a new farming model for community development.
Goals and objectives
Based on the success of this project, other communities and regions may adopt this model to help farmers reduce their dependence on dangerous chemical fertilisers. This project will be evaluated using several key indicators, including the improvement of farmers' income, plantation productivity and social enterprise.