|Local farmers train foreign diplomats to plant roses.|
DIPLOMAT from Kazakhstan, Gaukhar Abdirova, admitted admiring with the idea of planting roses using rice husks made by roses farmers in Sidomulyo Village, Batu, East Java. Gaukhar told that in his country, Kazakhstan, growers planted roses using soil media.
"While, the land in Kazakhstan is not good for planting roses. Thus, the yield of roses was less maximum. Seeing the innovation of growing roses using this husk, Gaukhar is interested in implementing the idea of Batu farmers in his country," said Gaukhar during the outing class (19/8) at the 12th Promotion to Indonesian Language and Culture for Foreign Diplomats Kemenlu RI run by University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM).
In addition to Gaukhar, outside class activities (outing class) planting rose was also made by 11 other foreign diplomats who were also accompanied by UMM students. In this activity, not only interested in growing media, Gaukhar also amazed at batik roses. Batik rose is a type of rose from the cross of two colors, so it looks like a batik. In addition to batik roses, Gaukhar is also interested in roses commonly used as a perfume maker.
In fact, according to Iranian diplomat, Saedar Shafiei, roses in his country is also called as Muhammadi. "Because the flower is fragrant, it is likened to the scent of Prophet Muhammad," said Shaifei in English.
Together with two garden owners, Julianto and Suyati, these foreign diplomats went to the garden to learn various things related to the cultivation of roses. They were divided into two groups. The first group helped Suyati to plant roses through tapping. The trick, cut the old roses, then plant on polybags containing rice husks. The husk should be full and dense to produce a good rose plant.
This initial planting takes 40 days. After 40 days will grow the roots of the stems grown. Next, the stem will be moved to a larger polybag for two months. After that, the rose plants are ready to be inoculated with the eyes of the roses. Just a month, then the rose will appear and ready for sale. Meanwhile, the second group with Julianto learned to sort out the good and dead roses. The dead plants are then separated from the good plants to be replaced with new seeds.
After engaging in the rose garden, they visited the orange garden, and the bougainvillea flower garden. Diplomats were also invited to lunch in a typical rural setting. Lunch was held in the middle of rice fields, covered with tarpaulins, using a plate of banana leaves that was made cone, and without a spoon. The menu is also a typical Javanese nuance, such as urap-urap, trancam, lodeh, tongkol balado, perkedel kentang, mendol, and crackers. "It is so fun," said Leonardo Andres Gonzalez Guzman, a Colombian diplomat with big smile.
One of Indonesian Language Teachers for Foreign Speakers (BIPA) of UMM, Fida Pangesti, said that the activity aims to introduce directly the life of people and their activities. The majority of the population in Sidomulyo Village works as flower farmers. Previously, diplomats were provided with insights on how to visit, refused unwelcome calls or food, and the usual habits of Indonesians at home, such as taking off sandals before entering the house, or using a toilet culture instead of a toilet seat. (ard)