Politani Pangkep and PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi Strengthen Competence in Organic Coffee Cultivation

Politani Pangkep

Director of Politeknik Pertanian Negeri (Politani) Pangkep Dr. Darmawan and his entourage visited the PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi Coffee plantation located in Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, on Monday, August 09, 2021, then.
The visit was in order to strengthen industrial cooperation for the development of vocational education competencies, especially the cultivation of organic coffee plants. During the visit, Mr. Djoni Halim as HC Director of PT Kapal Api Global was also virtually present.
The visit began with a speech by the head of PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi, Samuel Karundeng, then continued with a visit to the Rante Karua Coffee plantation which is located at an altitude of 1750 meters above sea level. This visit also coincided with the coffee harvesting activities at PT Sulotco’s plantation, so that the Politani pangkep group could see firsthand the coffee harvesting process.

During the visit, the Politani Pangkep group was taken around the coffee plantation. The coffee plantation has an area of 552 hectares which is divided into several blocks. As one of the private companies engaged in the cultivation of the largest coffee plant in Indonesia, PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi always innovates the cultivation carried out to produce high quality coffee, one of which is to carry out the cultivation process of coffee plants organically or without chemicals. “It has been approximately 10 years, we PT Sulotco carry out the process of cultivating plants organically and have been internationally certified,” said Samuel Karundeng.

In addition to visiting the coffee plantation, the Politani Pangkep group was also invited to see the goat pens in the coffee plantation area. This goat farm is a form of PT Sulotco Jaya Abadi’s seriousness in carrying out a healthy and chemical-free coffee plant cultivation process by utilizing goat manure as fertilizer.

This visit is expected to further sharpen the Politani Pangkep curriculum alignment program to link and match with industry needs, especially in the Coffee Plantation Management Study Program, Department of Plantation Cultivation. “Hopefully this can improve and correct the curriculum that we develop in higher education, that the management of coffee plantations can be carried out without using chemicals,” Darmawan said. (rls)Samuel Karundeng.

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