Mango is Indonesia’s largest fruit crop but the fruit is seasonal. Because of a glut of fruit on the market during the peak season, there is little incentive for small holder farmers to consider investing in the new technology which would make their business more productive at other times of the year. Instead, they leave their mango trees to bear fruit naturally or rent them out to collectors to manage. In the off-season however, the average on-farm price of mangoes can be more than 10 times higher compared with the peak season price. This means that if half their crop can be sold during the off-season months, the farmer’s income from mango will increase by about 40-50 percent. Crop treatment technology exists which is designed to help deliver an early harvest, and there are around 7,000 mango farmers in NTB and over 150,000 in East Java who could benefit from its adoption and obtain higher prices in the market.
PRISMA has partnered with a major agro-chemical company, Syngenta, to provide better access to small holder farmers to crop manipulation technology which can bring about early flowering in mango trees. Syngenta has established a number of Learning Centres for demonstration purposes and to provide information to farmers on correct application and use of the technology. Syngenta will also work with mango collectors to build their capacity in using the technology and to establish their own demonstration plots to increase the outreach to other farmers.