For the purpose of a wider marketing, nationally or internationally, coffee needs to be certified. Prior to certification process, the coffee seed needs to be registered to the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan). The certification process usually takes more than three years. Therefore, the government of Sigi district, supported by FORCLIME, conducted a workshop for relevant stakeholders. The event, organized by the Karsa Institute, was conducted on 10 March 2020 in Palu Central Sulawesi. The workshop aimed to identify challenges of certification and how to manage them so that the certification process could be accelerated. Around 39 people attended the event represented agencies under the government of Sigi district, as well as other institutions, such as local NGOs, village community groups.
During the workshop, participants discussed roles of relevant stakeholders to support the certification process, as follows:
- The local agriculture technology research agency (Balai Pengkajian Teknologi Pertanian/BPTP) has role in local varieties development in Central Sulawesi,
- The local government plays role in area development and its utilization after the seed released
- The plantation and livestock service of Central Sulawesi supports the preparation for the release of local varieties,
- GIZ will support the development of sustainable local coffee production in the Lore Lindu Biosphere Reserve.
The registration and release of local coffee varieties will have impact on local seed provision. A better local seed sources will also support the current local government programme, which allocates 25 hectares per village for coffee and cocoa development. The program has been implemented since 2019.
As a follow up of the workshop, participants agreed to complete the local variety characterization document, establish a task force to prepare and be responsible for the release of local coffee varieties in Sigi district as well as having a regular meeting.