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Amazing : A 85 years old Farmer of Coffee

Amazing : A 85 years old Farmer of Coffee

What do you think if a very old coffee farmer requests a book of coffee cultivation from you?

Photo: Dr. Sabam Malau (left) showed how and where to put organic fertilizer. Mr Sitanggang (right), a decrepit  farmer of coffee, at Rianiate Village. Photo taken on Wednesday 26 October 2011.

I was very impressed by Mr Sitanggang who is a coffee growers in Rianiate Village of Simanindo Subregency of Samosir Regency of North Sumatra Province. Rianiate locates at the beach of Toba Lake, one of the world’s most beautiful lake. Mr Sitanggang is 85 years old, a very old man.  

I met him at his coffee field on Wednesday 26 October 2011 as I saw him uprooted the weeds. The coffee field locates beside the street. I let my car stopped, stepped down, walked towards him, and greeted him. I introduced my name and my organization i.e NSCF-North Sumatra Coffee Forum.  He informed me about himself.

We then discussed about coffee cultivation technique. In the discussion, I explained to him the function of organic matter in the soil. I suggest to him to use organic fertilizer and to put the organic fertilizer in 10-30 cm under the ground surface, not on the surface of the ground. I showed him how to do it.

At the end of the meeting, as I walked towards my car he said to me: “Please give me a book of coffee cultivation technique so that I have book to read”. I looked at his eyes. He smiled and looked at me. I was very impressed by his request. Amazing. Awesome. Frankly, I didn’t predict such an awesome request from a decrepit farmer of coffee.
Kind regards,

Dr. Sabam Malau
NSCF Chairman

Thanks.  Kind regards.

Dr. Ir. Sabam Malau