Farm workers to load cabbage freshly harvested onto a pickup car, in Gondangsari Village, Pakis District, Magelang Regency, Central Java, on Monday (June 2, 2014).
By: Sahrudin – email@example.com
IT HAS been a pretty good season for cabbage farmers on the slope of Mount Merbabu in the Districts of Pakis and Ngablak, in Magelang Regency.
Their agricultural land yield an abundant quarterly harvest, about 30 tonnes per hectare, with good quality.
Cabbage is now selling wholesale at 1,400 IDR per kilogram, rises 300 IDR from last harvest season.
“We planted seeds in early April, and it was the best time for growing cabbage. It prefers full sun, at least 6 hours each day, more is better”, Suhari, a cabbage grower in Gondangsari Village told MagelangImages on Monday.
The weather is favorable, so it is not too difficult to protect crops from pests and disease, he said.
The market for cabbage, Mr Suhari said, is continuous throughout the year, and this tends to make it one of the main vegetables.
“(Cabbage) is the most important vegetable commercially of the cole crops in the mountainous areas like Pakis and Ngablak, which include cauliflower, broccoli, and many others”, the 48-year-old farmer said.***