Tarmini, Indonesian Coffee Farmer


Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Tarmani. I'm not even 50 yet. 

What is coffee to you?

For household needs. For us to eat. Sometimes there are events, like parties. We take turns to buy what is needed like five kilos of sugar for regular social gatherings. Just daily necessities.

Why did you become a coffee farmer?

If I didn't become a farmer, what would I be? I can't work in an office. I only graduated elementary school. I can't possibly be an employee. We just live on, and most importantly hopefully we don't experience problems when farming. The only problem is that the plantation is small. One hectare at the most. Not to mention that a little area will be used to build a house for my child

 

What are the challenges?

The current coffee price bothers me a lot. The price of coffee is very low. We, the farmers, only rely on that. What we hope for. When the price is like this, it is not sufficient for household needs. If I didn't have children who are still in school, we could get by. I have children who go to school far away. It's hard for the farmers with prices like this. We want high coffee prices. It doesn't need to be too high. I just wish it was like last year, around 10,000-12,000 rupiah. Praise be to God. 

 

Hopes for the future?

I hope this coffee from Aceh can be useful there. It can be used to fulfill people's needs there. And if possible, please increase the coffee price. So that the farmers can be happy.  Not merely happy, but we can be more satisfied.

What would a second payment mean to you?

I would be happy because I would receive more money.

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