Connecting Indonesian Coffee to the World
BELIZE CITY, BELIZE — Dimitra Incorporated, a global Agtech company on a mission to make its Dimitra Connected Farmer platform available to smallholder farmers globally, is excited to be working with Solok Radjo Cooperative, a Coffee Cooperative and farming community based in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Solok Radjo and Dimitra have signed an agreement to develop a solution accelerating the growth and profitability of Solok’s coffee to premium export markets. Demand for traceability and provenance in today’s coffee industry requires that the solution manages all areas of the extended supply chain — farming, harvesting, collection, processing, batching, and exporting.
Solok Radjo’s sustainability strategy has seen the development of an integrated agricultural ecosystem. As well as agroforestry, this ecosystem incorporates cattle as a source of dietary protein, domestic income generation, and fertilizer byproducts that are then spread on the coffee plantation.
By leveraging the power of the Dimitra ‘Connected Farmer’ application and dashboard, vital information will be collected and added to the Dimitra blockchain to provide immutable records of events for the traceability of Solok Radjo coffee for export to the United States, Australia, and Europe.
Dimitra brings a simple to use platform for the farmers and cooperative management. It is simple to use for them but a hugely powerful back end that will use Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial intelligence (AI) to pull insights from tracked activities in the field. For example, real-time analysis of the quality and volumes of coffee is presented to the buying stations as well as generating the export documentation required to ship to end customers.
Solok Radjo Cooperative is a progressive social farming enterprise using environmentally friendly farm practices to nurture the land under crop. The cooperative motivates farmers to optimize the yields of their land. In particular, farmers should be able to gain benefits from coffee farming while the cooperative process and market the coffee fruits. In addition, cattle are included in the ecosystem for human protein, sales to domestic markets for diversified income and the manure is used on the plantations to boost soil health. Solok Radjo has 3300 farmers within the network of the cooperative and is looking to double their farmers in the next two years.
Dimitra’s Indonesia Country Partner, Ricky Tanudibrata, said, “The Solok Radjo cooperative is an exciting opportunity to prove the effectiveness of the Dimitra Connected Farmer solution in Indonesia. This will open opportunities across Sumatra and Indonesia, which are enormous.”
‘Partnering with Dimitra is important for Solok Radjo to realize an integrated, data-based, sustainable coffee enterprise. We are greatly looking forward to working with Dimitra’s Connected Farmer platform to provide a more structured approach to our production and to allow us to meet the requirements of our export partners while helping the environment and ultimately the lives of our cooperative community,” said Head of Solok Radjo project, Alfadriansyah (Adi).
Dimitra is a global Agtech company with a mission to help smallholder farmers across the world. Dimitra works with governments, government agencies, NGOs, and for-profit organizations. The Dimitra platform is built on blockchain technology and incorporates mobile technology, machine learning, IoT devices, satellite and drone imagery, genomics, and advanced farming research. Through our data-driven approach, Dimitra helps farmers increase yields, reduces expenses, and mitigates risk. Dimitra believes that every smallholder farmer should benefit from simple, beautiful, and useful technology regardless of economic standing.
Solok Radjo Cooperative is a network of 3300 members producing coffee for domestic and export markets. The cooperative’s point of difference is their focus on sustainable agriculture and re-forestry throughout the coffee-growing activities. Protecting coffee plots with shade trees provides a buffer for soil erosion and prolongs the coffee cherry ripening window. The members are trained in healthy agroforestry practices, planning for the next crop and the next, as this one is reaped. Solok Radjo — “coffee for the people and the earth.”
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