(an Our Better World story) (by Ari Rusyadi, Shirley Tamara, Ahmad Yuniardi, Hendrick Matulessy) (POWERED BY SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION) Our core business is dairy cow farming, we focus on producing milk. We milk the cows, cook the milk, then pack it until it is ready to be sold. We then distribute it to retailers and sellers. We cook our own milk through pasteurisation. But because our tools are quite modest, our pasteurisation process ends up using a lot of energy. Before we built the farm, we had already thought about how to treat the waste and cow manure. Our goal is modest, to be energy efficient. (Theresia invested in a biogas reactor with the help of Yayasan Rumah Energi) (Biogas Rumah (BIRU)
is a programme by Yayasan Rumah Energi) (It promotes biogas
as a sustainable energy source
for small bussiness and homes in rural communities) Biogas is a gas produced from cattle manure. All organic matter can produce gases through an anaerobic process. So biogas is being made inside the biogas digester. It is then distributed to households to use as gas for cooking or lighting. Our big goal is to protect, preserve, and save the environment. The methane gas that cows emit every day is far more dangerous to the environment compared to vehicle emissions. That is why we try to persuade the public to use biogas. (Theresia is one of more than 10,000
farmers and small-business owners
that have adopted biogas for their needs.) (They also want to make a positive difference to the environment.) We usually spend around 1.5 million to 2 million rupiah (US$110-$150) for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Now we don’t need to spend any money to buy gas. By using biogas we could optimise our production process because we did not need to buy LPG anymore. From what we saved after no longer using LPG we could give our employees better benefits. We can increase their salary, and we can invest more in our storage. Like buying a coolbox, as well as a freezer, and other production needs. We can also cover our employees’ transport expenses. Before, we only covered 50 per cent of their transport expenses. Now, we have our own transport system and we can cover its operation. Distributors for our milk products are mostly university students. There are also housewives, who need to support their families. Every morning, before I drop my kids at school, I pick up a fresh batch of milk. I get the milk at 2,500 rupiah per cup, and I sell it for a profit margin of 1,000 rupiah. They provide everything, from the milk to the carrying box. They even give me ice for free, so I don’t need to buy. We farmers actually have a lot of resources around us. We have animal waste, agricultural waste, which we can use to generate energy. Waste becomes a blessing for our daily lives.
It has great potential and we don’t have to go anywhere. All we need to do is to manage our farming waste. That way we can contribute to keeping our earth, our world, and our environment clean. We don’t add pollution to the earth and we don’t harm our atmosphere. (ourbetterworld.org) (Telling stories. Inspiring action.) (our better world) (POWERED BY SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION) (Join Our Community)