With the purpose of enhancing knowledge regarding the various rights and duties of forest farmer groups (KTH) around the Tabo-Tabo Training Forest, the Environment and Forestry Training Center in Makassar (BDLHK Makassar) held a two-day workshop from 16 - 17 November 2021 within the village of Tabo-Tabo in South Sulawesi. The head of BDLHK Makassar opened the meeting on Tuesday morning via Zoom video conferencing. The training workshop, which was supported by FORCLIME, involved three participating groups of forest farmers, specifically Deswita, Mattiro Deceng and Mappaenre Dalle.
The forest farmer groups within this area have a huge potential as regards the development of small-scale local businesses working with palm sugar, honey and cashew nut production, as well as tourism. Said small businesses also have the potential to make a significant contribution to boosting the incomes of the local population.
The workshop participants received training in institutional management (i.e. accounting, human resource management and team building), business management (including marketing) and quality management. The participants also received training in the basic principles of KTH, specifically the administration of forest farmer groups and the development of group work plans. In addition, the participants received input regarding the rights and duties of KTH, including the necessary application steps for projects, as well as various possible courses of action relating to business development.
Mr Arifin from KTH Mappaenre Dalle stated during the meeting that, ‘During this training session, I learned a lot about the development of farmers groups and the marketing of products. I hope that we get to enjoy more practice during future training sessions’.