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Productive Garden

Improving agricultural productivity is one of the main objectives of an agricultural program. Therefore, most of the agricultural program has a role to enhance the capacity of farmers with various innovations / simple technologies where the goal is to increase the productivity of their agricultural area. The assumption is that they (the community and farmers) will adopt the innovation / technology this simple and continuous do agricultural activities to obtain greater productivity.

Productive farms, however, require regular changes combined with its techniques and activities. Quality seeds, how to eradicate pests / diseases of plants in correct ways, crop rotation, using organic fertilizers, the arrangement of the garden, plant by taking into account fluctuations in market prices, improved sources of water for agriculture and utilize idle land is  techniques / simple innovations which will determine the level of agricultural productivity is better. Farming with traditional ways and the community who rely on the rainy season only for agriculture - these habits will continue to make farmers obtain low productivity and the impact on income levels were also very small.

Therefore the aim of the agricultural program, in addition to increasing agricultural productivity, as well as how that community members can take advantage of idle land to be processed into productive and maximize the use of water resources that are around them. TLM through the village facilitator consistently run empowerment strategy by increasing capacity / skills of community members to improve the quality of their life as a whole, as the physical and spiritual needs (in a holistic way).

With the skills of members of the community / farmer groups that already exist can train and motivate other farmers to teach back to other people about simple agricultural innovation and teaches how to increase these innovations to achieve agricultural productivity. With the achievement of agricultural productivity after implementing this simple innovation, farmers will be able to motivate other communities to do the same. Five years after the program ends, levels of agricultural productivity will be even greater and agricultural productive activity will spread throughout the community members. Currently, the TLM agricultural program goal is not just to increase the income of farmers but more priority is to teach farmers a process that enables them to develop a permanent agricultural productivity of a productive garden.

Productive Gardens spread across 4 regions covering five villages of the region Rote (village Kolobolon), TTS (village Kiubaat and Enonabuasa), Sabu (village Roboaba) and East Sumba (village Ngaru Kanoru).

This activity is carried out by one group in each village consisting of motivator, cadres and members of the community, where the number of members ranges between 6-10 members per group.

Group works a land area of 20-40 acres, by cultivating annual and seasonal crops. The gardens laid out neatly in accordance with the planning scheme. Annual crops such as bananas, dragon fruit, papaya created with hallway farming systems. In every hallway plant with seasonal crops such as onions, corn, cabbage, peppers, eggplant, beans, pumpkins, carrots, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes, beans, watermelon, etc. All the plants are given organic fertilizer that is made by the group. The materials for fertilizer also come from around them such as chicken manure, cow, goat, straw, Gliricidia leaves, etc. Each group in the five villages has obtained a quality crop and also earn money from the sale of seasonal crops such as onions, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, eggplan and, kind of vegetables.

The annual crop which is currently still in the process of growth and care, has not given yields and money for the group. Therefore, the group's success in planting seasonal crops has brought a significant impact on the members of the group to continue activities.