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Putro is a successful farmer with 1.3 hectares of land and employs 4 persons. His farm is filled with various vegetables such as spinach, kale, choy sum, okra, and several other types of vegetables. Half of the land is planted with organic corps. The yields are enjoyed by themselves and most are sold, some go to supermarkets through suppliers, there are also to conventional markets through middlemen.
Although this dad of 2 children was graduated from the Department of Marine Science and Technology of the Faculty of Fisheries, IPB (Bogor Agriculture Institute), Putro enjoys his day as a farmer. For him, encouraging farmers is as much important as being a farmer.
Previously, it had never crossed his mind to become a farmer. Since he was young and still in college, Putro had spent a lot of time working in non-governmental organizations. He had spent many years working on coastal and marine issues such us worked at Jaring Pela (Indonesia Coastal and Marine Activists Network), WWF Marine program, and Coral 2000 project works for coral monitoring in Bali coasts. He eventually had his own organization called Palung that worked together with Kehati Foundation in the Thousand Islands.
“I was very young, strong and brave. I WAS ” Putro said laughing.
From the project he handled to neglecting education, brought Putro back to the capital and chose to settle in Bogor, West Java.
Saturated. Maybe the right word to describe what is implied in his mind. The inconsistency of work in NGOs because waiting for the project to arrive is also hot, feeling like playing the role of “heating” to invite other people to care about making it begin to glance at the real sector.
This desire was answered from a small discussion with environmental activists some time ago. At that time, Putro who was still active as a coastal environmental activist and ventured into various regions in Indonesia decided to leave the NGO and become a farmer.