Agriculture and Environment
Coffee Plantations on the Slopes of Merapi are Ready to be Developed
Rabu 5 Desember 2018

First upload : 28 September 2017


BOYOLALI: Four villages on the slopes of Mount Merapihave been developed as the coffee plantations. The coffee plantations have been developed through the Sustainable Merapi Landscape program facilitated by Business Watch Indonesia and Solidaridad. The four villages consist of two villages in Selo sub-district namely Tlogolele and Suroteleng, one village in Cepogo sub-district and one village in Dukunsub-district of  Magelang. Coffee has been grown in agroforestry system to contribute to the conservation of forest areas around Merapi. The declaration and coffee planting were conducted in Stabelan sub-village areas of Tlogolele on Monday(5/5). The planting event was also attended by the Office of Merapi National Park (BTNGM) and Solidaridad, as well as Business Watch Indonesia. A total of 10 villages are involved in the program, four of which are located within Mount Merapi Hazard Zone 1.


The Corrdinator of the Sustainable Merapi Landscapeprogram from Business Watch Indonesia, Theresia Widiyanti, said that the program contributed to the the Central Java government’s effort in realising food security. “To realise food security, an integrated effort is necessary in the light of diminishing boundaries between sectors and the increasingly stronger interrelatedness between sectors,” said Theresia.  The Head of Tlogolele Village, Widodo, warmheartedly welcome the program. Theresia explained further that coffee agroforestry has been selected as an environmental conservation effort since it provides both economic and environmental benefit. The local community on the slopes of Merapi would generate additional income from processing coffee beans without having to cut the trees. Coffee planting also helps maintain carbon reserve and ground water in the landscape.


“The local community has been making use the farm forest areas only for collecting wood trees and grasses for their livestock. Coffee cultivation in the foresthelp them to generate additional income while at the same time keeping the forest from degradation. It is expected that the program can prevent environmental damage in Tlogolele,” said Theresia.


According to Theresia, each coffee tree can produce 10 kg of wet coffee cherries from each harvest. Farm gate price of wet coffee cherries is IDR 6,000– IDR 6,500per kilogram. To start with, one thousand coffee seedlings will be planted on 2 hectares of farm forest areas. Widodo indicated that in the future, coffee will be grown on 30 hectares of farm forest areas to make Tlogolele to become coffee producing village.


In addition to through coffee agroforestry, local communities in the buffer zone of Mount Merapi have also been encouraged to conduct conservation of native vegetation, including berasan(Tarrenoidea wallichii), a native tree that is considered to be resistant to volcanic ash. There are at least 400 hectares of land within the boundaries of Mount Merapi National park and another 300 hectares in the buffer zone areas.



Issued on 5 June 2017