Why coffee farmers require cooperative? This question has become one of the topics discussed in Temu Kopi Sumatra 2016 at Grand Swiss – Belhotel Medan, North Sumatra, 1 to 2 November.
According to Abubakar Djumhur of Permata Gayo Cooperative in Takengon, Aceh, cooperatives play an important role in the effort to open the coffee market (market access) wider. Because, with the cooperative, the supply of coffee from farmers will be more collected so as to meet the market demand for large-scale.
“With the cooperative, farmers can meet the demand for coffee in a large capacity,” said Abubakar. In addition, the presence of co-operatives, farmers are more easily gain access to capital from financial institutions and banks.
However, the most important thing of all is the presence of a cooperative, then it is likely to be more prosperous in the farmers achieved. As is known, for international trade there is a plus price for premium and organic coffee, ie the value of incentives given to farmers importers of 0.30 USD per 1 pound paid through the cooperative.
“So, much easier than selling coffee, is also an incentive. So more profits,” said Abubakar, who is Certification Manager for Permata Gayo Cooperative.
In addition, the opportunity to receive coaching on coffee cultivation is also greater. That way, farmers can develop coffee plantation better.
That is, there are two great opportunities obtained coffee farmers with the cooperatives, namely the improvement of coffee quality and wider market access. However, market access is greater, he said, also need to be supported by their certification, especially for the export market.
The challenge is the cooperative often encounter problems, especially in the early formation of the trust has not been established for the farmers.
“But the farmer will believe after result. At the beginning it was not easy. We in Takengon was very difficult in the beginning, especially in the days after the tsunami disaster, very difficult to convince farmers. However, now that the results are visible, farmers were aware of what benefits the cooperative,” he said.
In addition to the cooperative, Temu Kopi Sumatra also discussed the benefits of certification in the coffee trade flows. Check out the next review in the Daily Cup Brew.