Agriculture and Environment
Development of Agroforestry for Merapi Conservation
Rabu 5 Desember 2018

First upload : 28 September 2017


BOYOLALI (–  Agroforestry or the combination of cultivation of woody perennials and other agricultural commodity crops has been developed in 10 villages on the slopes of Mount Merapi. The concept of agroforestry has been developed to contribute to the conservation of the forest areas that have become the sources of water for the local communities.


In the declaration on the commitment of four villages in Merapi areas to nature conservation, that is Tlogolele, Suroteleng, Wonoboyo, and Ngargomulyo on Monday (5th of June) at the Stabelan sub-village of Tlogolele village, the Head of Bussines Watch Indonesia Foundation, Aris Buntoro, explained that one of the ways to conserve Merapi areas is to develop agroforestry, where farmers can harvest agricultural commodities without having to cutany trees.


In the program supported by NGO Solidaridad, BWI has provided 12,000 Arabica coffee seedlings for farmers to grow. The program will last until 2020 and covers an area of 400 hectares in 10 villages in three districts in the buffer zones of Mount Merapi, namely Boyolali, Klaten and Magelang. Merapi areas have been selected as the location of the program since the areas are highly influential to the local communities.


Aris Buntoro indicated further that research by BWI has shown that in 6,410 hectares of forest areas in Merapi, 20 water sources have been found along three river basins. BWI has noted as well that there are 2,818 hectares of degraded forest land around Merapi, 60 percents of which are located in Central Java provincial administrative area. In addition, 345.75 hectares of farm forest are in critical condition.Besides wrong uses of forest land, Merapi eruptions have also contributed to the degradation.


“Besides providing seedlings, we have also provided the beneficiaries with a number of trainings on nature conservation efforts in maintaining water catchment areas and on low carbon conservation. In the long run, farmers will be able to take the benefit of agriculture without having to clear the forest or contributing to its degradation,” said Aris.


Aris also indicated further that BWI will help in finding the markets for coffee yields that farmers grow in the program.  BWI has initiated the planting of 1,000 coffee seedlings in farm forest areas in Tlogolele village, which have used to be cultivated with grasses for grazing and albasia trees.


“We help farmers to be more aware of the need for conserving nature. Farmers in areas around Merapi have already established awareness on such issue but it should be continuously improved,”(R-11)



Issued on 5 June2017

Photo Credit: Galih Prasojo