Kiubaat Productive Plantation

04 Jul, 2017

One of the biggest problems faced by residents of Kiubaat village is the lack of a reliable livelihood. Most people rely on traditional farming techniques to plant rice and corn during the rainy season (December – March). However, these crops can only be harvested once a year. Outside of the rainy season, most people will take on odd jobs in order to earn an income, but usually there is not enough work to ensure basic needs.

Therefore, the role of the TLM Foundation facilitator is very important in assisting the community in Kiubaat. This facilitator helps the community understand how its potential can be developed so that there are additional sources of income in the village. For example, the village facilitator may suggest using empty land for different types of crops, or infrastructure development that will help irrigate additional harvest.

The community decided to create a market garden. The TLM Foundation facilitator helped train the community in new agricultural techniques, such as how to make organic fertiliser, how to plant and care for annual crops, crop rotation for horticultural crops and self-development training such as group procedures, planning activities and group book keeping.

In June 2015, the 7-member group started a 40-acre clearing operation for productive gardens. Accompanied by the facilitator, the group began to plant annual crops of dragon fruit, banana mas and papaya. On the sidelines of the annual plant aisles, the group cultivated seasonal crops that have been harvested several times, including shallots, cayenne pepper, vegetables (mustard, kale, spinach), pariah, long beans, cucumber, watermelon, eggplant and tomato. Members of the group themselves have earned from selling this annual crop of Rp 6,763,500. Each familyhas at least earned an additional income of nearly Rp 1 million from the annual crops as well as each family in Kiubaat village has gained access to nutritional needs ie the availability of various types of vegetables in their village.

Initially the group used a water pump to irrigate the garden until April 2016 ago, YTLM succeeded in making hydram pump technology and piping at water source location Oeupun by involving all members of the water user community in Oeupun Village Kiubaat Village. With a hydram pump, now productive farming groups no longer use water pumps and have to buy gasoline. Group operational costs are more cost-effective and expected activities will have long-term impacts.

In addition, some members of the community in the Oeupun Hamlet began to be motivated to grow vegetables around their homes by utilizing the water in the dam hydram, which they had not previously done.

After one year of productive garden activity (June 2015 – June 2016) this runs, the name of Kiubaat village is getting famous around South Amanuban Subdistrict. This activity has inspired other villagers to do the same in their village to make productive gardens. At the end of July 2016, Nekmese village in South Amarasi subdistrict, Kupang was interested to see the productive garden of Kiubaat village. Then the Village Head and village government officials and the community who will conduct productive plantation, visit Oeupun Village, Kiubaat Village to see the location of the garden and hidram and talk with the group members there. The result of this visit is that Nekmese village is committed to adopt productive garden activities of Kiubaat village to Nekmese village. Until now, YTLM facilitators are still assisting the community in Nekmese village in formulating the planning and budget to make productive gardens come true in their village.

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