When it came to the organic farmers that Dompet Dhuafa supported, I was taken to two different cities where both practiced organic farming while growing rice and various vegetables. The first farm that I visited was immediately after visiting the home industries (brick and wallet) the next day. It was also the first time that I travelled 3 hours on a two-wheeler, of which the experience was…a mixed one. Keeping the muscle pain aside, visiting the farms were an amazing experience for me as I am very much fond of the entire concept of organic farming.
The first farm that I visited was located in a city called Bogor, and this farm grew all sorts of vegetables and rice. They had about 70 hectares of farm land just for growing rice and employed around 200 people to work on the entire farm. I was told that they have been practising organic farming for rice since the year 2000. The images below are a few of the images from the rice farm in Bogor.
After visiting the rice farm in Bogor, I was then taken to another organic farm in Cianjur, which was about 60 kilometres from Bogor. It was a long journey, which was made on a 2-wheeler as well. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful trips that I’ve ever taken, since the journey included going on top of a mountain and coming back down.
Upon reaching Cianjur, I visited the farm which was in a very remote location. The farm was as big as the previous one, and employed about 209 people. The farm that I visited was a new farm, where the farmers started farming just 2 years ago. They have however, been practicing organic farming for 4 years. I was told that they were sheep breeders as well. I was not really able to collect all the necessary details about how Dompet Dhuafa helped these farmers, as I did not have my translator with me, but I am told that it had funded these farmers and helped them purchase machinery and tools that enable the farmers to work faster and more efficiently. This blog post will be updated upon receiving a detailed reply from one of the areas managing officer for Dompet Dhuafa. In the meantime, enjoy these photos that were taken in the farm at Cianjur.