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Nurmadanis, the Kartini from Mount Pangrango for Sinagar Coffee Farmers

Kartini from Mount Pangrango for Sinagar Coffee Farmers />
Nurmadanis, the Kartini from Mount Pangrango for Sinagar Coffee Farmers (kemsos)

SUKABUMI, NETRALNEWS.COM - Are you a coffee enthusiast? Maybe you are familiar with Sinagar Village. This beautiful village at the foot of Mount Pangrango is known for its delicious coffee.

Sinagar coffee, as the name suggests, besides being delicious to drink, also smells good. Since centuries ago, the aroma of coffee from Sinagar Village has reached as far as mainland Europe. It is said that the coffee in this village cannot be separated from the existence of Dutch colonialism.

Hundreds of years since it was cultivated in Sinagar Village, coffee is still here. Recently, the coffee management in Sinagar Village has become more systematic, innovative and competitive. The stretching of coffee production in Sinagar Village is increasingly being felt by the magic touch of the tough woman named Nurmadanis.

Since 2013, 36-year-old Nurmadanis has been actively moving to convince her neighbors in Sinagar Village, Nagrak Utara Village, Sukabumi Regency. She comes door to door, arousing public awareness.

The target is people who do not have a permanent jobs or drop out of school,  as well as women and underprivileged families. Nurma, the nickname of Nurmadanis, has long felt the helplessness of the surrounding community.

They work hard, but they cannot escape poverty. One of the reasons is because of control by middlemen.

"It's sad to see the farmers in this area. Coffee is sold to middlemen at a cheap price," she said on Wednesday (04/21/2021).

From there, this social educator, thought hard. Nurma was incessant in providing counseling while mobilizing farmer groups since 2019. Nurma gave the understanding that coffee has high selling power if it is processed properly.

Initially, the coffee processing process was still done manually and ground. Nurmadanis, together with youth from the local youth organization, were racing to make Sinagar coffee grow, bigger and more importantly, how the coffee can be more prosperous for the local people.

Finally, assistance was provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Research and Technology regarding the potential of Sinagar Village, including family empowerment and women's empowerment.

Through this process, Sinagar Village received assistance in the form of a roasting machine, dry peeler, and wet peeler. Thus, consumer needs can be met relatively quickly. Since then, Nurma has initiated coffee management by the farmers themselves.

She also did not hesitate to partner with Karang Taruna youth organization to establish and manage a shop until the establishment of the Sinagar Coffee Shop by Deris Mulyana (usually called Kang Deris). Slowly but surely, local residents began to see a way to rise.

Coffee farmers who are active and join coaching farmer groups. One of them is Eha Julaeha (58). Eha is assisted by her first daughter, Nia Kurniasih (38) who focuses on providing coffee staples to be marketed.

The quality of the coffee from their garden is maintained, one of which is by only using organic fertilizers. Even the coffee production has received certification and is able to produce 100 kg of coffee during the main harvest.

"We don't want to do anything. At least it has a plus and we are not being lied to by middlemen. Now there is a Ministry of Health and a halal certificate from MUI, we just need to develop the land because the PO we received exceeds availability, "said Nia.

The advantages of Sinagar coffee cannot be underestimated. Proven before the pandemic, Sinagar coffee has been exported several times to Amsterdam, Australia and Lebanon.

Nurma, the women in Sinagar village and other women in remote areas of the country, who have a transformative vision and move through barriers, represent Kartini's spirit of advancement and civilization.