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The Toba Lake Coffee Research Initiative (LTCRI) Project

The Toba Lake Coffee Research Initiative (LTCRI) Project


PT Volkopi Indonesia (member of VOLCAFE GROUP, the Coffee Division of ED&F MAN) together with North Sumatra Coffee Forum (NCF) signed Memorandum odf Understanding (MoU to do the Lake Toba Coffee Research Initiative (LTCR) Project.  The LTCRI project period is 4 years, starts on 12 September 20111 and end on 11 September 2015. 

 Photo 1: Mr. Micahel Lutz and Dr. Sabam Malau signing on 3 October 2011 the MoU of LTCRI Project 

       The MoU is signed on 3 October 2011 by Dr Sabam Malau (Chairman of NSCF) and Mr Micahel Lutz (General Manager of PT VOLKOPI INDONESIA) at Mr Lutz’s office. Prior to it, the gentle agreement was made on 12 September 2011 (see and click page PT Volkopi Indonesia Sells Only the Best Bean of Coffee; also see and click page Coffee Breeding by PT Volkopi Indonesia and NSCF).
   

PT Volkopi Indonesia is one of the biggest coffee exporter company, headquartered at Jalan Pelajar Ujung Gang Sempurna 15 Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. PT Volkopi Indonesia sells only the best coffee bean.
      North Sumatra Coffee Forum (NSCF), headquartered in Medan, is a civil society organization. The Ecofriendly and Sustainable Coffee Farming and Trading System (Ecoscofas) is the value of NSCF. NSCF’s activities can be in form of teaching, training, co-worker, facilitating, research, seminar, workshop, consultancy, advocacy, etc. NSCF provides facilitation and technical assistance to coffee growers.  Farther information please see and click page NSCF-North Sumatra Coffee Forum.
       
We both welcome other parties who seriously want to join and support the LTCRI Project. 

Below, you can read the entire content of the signed MoU.

Kind regards,

Dr. Sabam Malau
NSCF Chairman

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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU)
BETWEEN
NORTH SUMATRA COFFEE FORUM
AND
PT VOLKOPI INDONESIA
IN THE LAKE TOBA COFFEE RESEARCH INITIATIVE (LTCRI) PROJECT

1.  BACKGROUND

North Sumatra Coffee Forum (NSCF), headquartered in Medan, is a civil society organization. NSCF makes efforts to maintain coffee production as well as to increase economic value of coffee in short years to come. NSCF strives for excellent and sustainable coffee by implementing the Ecofriendly Sustainable Coffee Farming and Trading System (Ecoscofas). The Ecoscofas is the value of NSCF. NSCF’s activities can be in form of teaching, training, co-worker, facilitating, research, seminar, workshop, consultancy, advocacy, etc. NSCF provides facilitation and technical assistance to coffee growers.

NSCF has program to develop Coffee Berry Borer Resistance Variety (CBBRV) through coffee breeding program. CBBRV is an urgent need to ensure the sustainable production and quality of coffee. CBB is the most destructive coffee pest in the world, Indonesia and North Sumatra.

For such a program, NSCF needs collaborative partners. PT Volkopi Indonesia (Volkopi) will support NSCF’s program. Volkopi, headquartered in Medan, is a coffee exporter company. Volkopi is a member of VOLCAFE GROUP, the Coffee Division of ED&F MAN.

2. NAME OF THE PROJECT

This project gets name "LAKE TOBA COFFEE RESEARCH INITIATIVE" abbreviated LTCRI.

3.  OBJECTIVE

The primary objective is to develop Coffee Berry Borer Resistance Variety (CBBRV) through a coffee breeding program.

4. TERMS of AGREEMENT


In order to create Coffee Berry Borer Resistance Variety (CBBRV), Volkopi agrees to support NSCF’s program to develop CBBRV (ANNEX 1).

NSCF agrees:
1. To arrange and conduct the research.
2. To provide finance for financing the research.
3. To find co-funders for financing the research.
4. To provide plant materials
5. To publish the research results.


Volkopi agrees:
1. To provide land, polybags, and some certain equipment and plants at Paratusan Station of Volkopi.
2. To provide workers at Paratusan Station of Volkopi.
3. To provide finance for financing the research.


No party shall have the right to enter into any agreements or contractual obligations of any kind on behalf of the other party.

Volkopi as the landlord of Paratusan Statios has to be informed of any visitors, NSCF employees or other persons intending to visit the CBBRV project at its station in advance UNLESS their names are included in the official list of persons with unrestricted access (list to be mutually agreed on at start of project and amended as necessary).
Volkopi retains the explicit right to bar entry to its property to any persons it deems a risk to station security, safety or business confidentiality.

5.  PROPERTY

The genotypes resulted from this breeding program will be the property of NSCF and Volkopi and other co-funders (if available) where NSCF has the single majority rights.        

6.  DURATION OF AGREEMENT

This agreement begins on 12 September 2011 to 11 September 2015 (4 years). 

7.  TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT
                               
This Agreement may be terminated by either NSCF or Volkopi hereto upon written notice delivered to the other party at least sixty (60) days prior to intended date of termination. By such termination, neither party may nullify obligations already incurred for performance or failure to perform prior to the date termination. At such termination any obligations assumed by either party will be determined and written notice will be given to the other within five working days.

8.  SIGNATURE OF THE PRINCIPALS





 SIGNED


Dr. Sabam Malau
Chairman
North Sumatra Coffee Forum
Jalan Karya Rakyat No. 33-A
Medan 20117



 SIGNED


Michael Lutz
General Manager
PT. Volkopi Indonesia
Jalan Pelajar Ujung Gang Sempurna 15
Medan

Date: 3 October 2011


Date: 3.10.2011


ANNEX 1:

DESCRIPTION OF INTENDED RESEARCH

NORTH SUMATRA COFFEE FORUM (NSCF) has activity to develop Coffee Berry Borer Resistance Variety (CBBRV) through coffee breeding program.  CBBRV is an urgent need to ensure the sustainable production and quality of coffee. CBB is the most destructive pest in the world, Indonesia and North Sumatra. Hence, CBBRV must be created through breeding program. Initially two research programs will be initiated:


1. Research Program 1
In populations of coffee plants that were severe attacked by CBB in 9 regencies (Kabupaten), Sabam Malau found some plants that are higher resistant significantly to CBB in comparison to the plants next to it. These findings were in his CBB survey on November-December 2010. His hypothesis is: those resistances are due to genetic factors. Natural genetic mutation can be the cause of those new genotypes. If this hypothesis is then proven true, then those plants will be sources of seeds of resistant plants to CBB. We need to do research. Potential genotypes from several regencies of North Sumatra Province will be selected and collected. These genotypes will be tested in field trials at Volkopi’s Station at Paratusan/Sigumpar in Lintong, Humbang Hasundutan Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia.

 2. Research Program 2

New genotype such as resistant genotypes can be created through conventional breeding in which 2 different genotypes will be crossed. The broader the genetic differences are, the higher the possibilities to find resistant genotypes. Volkopi has the potential parental genotypes at Paratusan/Sigumpar Station. We need to do breeding research. Potential parents will be crossed reciprocally at Paratusan/Sigumpar Station, and then selection and field trials on the progenies will be conducted.

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