UMM Lecturer Initiate Coffee Farmer Literacy Based Regeneration

Author : Humas | Thursday, August 01, 2019 14:04 WIB
UMM party and Amandan Village government shaking hand (Photo: Special)

Coffee commodities and coffee activity became the main unifier of millennial groups. Moreover, as we know that the coffee commodity became a superior product of tropical climate since long ago. One of them is in the Dampit sub-district, Malang Regency, East Java. This 135,57 square kilometers sub-district hold a Coffee City title.

It is the third generation they did the coffee cultivation. One of the villages in Dampit sub-district with coffee plantation commodity advantage is Amadanom Village with 6,11 square kilometers area. The hilly village topography with the perfect climate for coffee makes Amadanom is an excellent Village for Robusta coffee crop commodity.

 “Even so, that potencies are not yet supported by the younger generation commitment in continuing the regeneration process so that the Robusta coffee plantation can still exist or even expansive. Not a few choose to be a migrant and even foreign workers,” said M. Saprin Zahidi, FISIP University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) academics.

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The phenomenon which inspires the UMM Community Service Team headed by M. Saprin Zahidi with Hutri Agustino, Havidz Ageng and Erfan Danias the membersinsubmittinga proposal for the Partner Village Development Program (PPDM) to Ristekdikti for funding in 2019. After going through a series of selections including the verification field, the proposal was declared as feasible.

As the starting implementation of the multi-year program was the launching of the coffee literacy class which was immediately opened by the Head of the Malang Regency Community and Village Empowerment Office, Drs. Suwadji., S.IP. M.Sc. The coffee literacy class is divided into eight thematic sessions involving 25 cadres of productive-age coffee farmers spread from several hamlets in the Amadanom village area.

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Some of the main themes saidby the speakers startedfrom building mentality of millennial coffee farmers untilprocessing coffee bean skins into liquid fertilizer as a value added. "At the end of the class, Robusta coffee festival is planned to be held as a result of the regeneration process which at the same time certificatesubmissionafterpassing the training," saidSaprin, Wednesday (31/7).

"PPDM activities conducted by UMM lecturers are expected to be able to provide socio-economic impacts for the local community. Especially for those who have always thought that being a coffee farmer does not haveaprestige,"said Saprin. This literacy-based coffee farmers regeneration, he continued, did not stop here butwill be held in a number of other coffee-producing areas. (joh)



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