Taufan Suharsono is the successor of CV Restu Sejati, a family 'Tobbaco & Clove' business founded by his grandfather in 1959. The company is present in more than 10 regions across Indonesia. In 2014, Taufan's company has initiated its 'Sustainable Sourcing' project in order to establish long term relationship with the farmers by giving financial and technical support in order to increase their productivity, efficiency, product quality and living standard through sustainable farming methods. Taufan's company currently employs 39 permanent employees and more than 300 seasonal workers across 7 buying stations in Indonesia.
Managing production for some of the largest buying companies in the world can be a very challenging task. Especially if there is a need for complete traceability that will ensure buyer's trust in the origin, quality and production practices of each farmer the produce is bought from. Having a tool that can help with that in an efficient way is something that should be a primary focus if long term sustainability is to be ensured. Large agricultural corporations are faced with a great challenge of ensuring sufficient quantity in order to keep their production going. That's why they work with farmers, often smallholders too, in order to make sure their ever growing demand is met. The challenge is in securing a large enough quantity which is traceable and meets the necessary quality standards.
„Trust me, [Company we are selling to] has the strictest standard when it comes to the quality and integrity assurance in their supply chain. It is important to have a farm management system which can bring information straight from the field. It will be more accurate, easier, flexible and efficient for us. In my case, because our field techs have the ability to input the data from the field, they don't have to go to the main office to input the data, where the field locations are scattered in several regions which are far from the office, that means our field tech will have more time monitoring and supporting the farmers in the field.“ ~ Taufan Suharsono
Long term farming sustainability comes from using the latest and best production practices for each crop. For farmers, having access to knowledge is vital in this case, and easy access to that knowledge is always a plus. Good production practices also include the need for keeping track of the production costs. This includes managing farming inputs, fertilizers, pesticides, labour, machinery and other crop related costs. Making sure all these boxes are ticked will no doubt ensure a competitive edge through increased quality, more cost-effective production and complete traceability. Introducing traceability from the field is only possible through implementation of latest farm management technologies. What better way is there than to adopt a cloud based solution that is complete, powerful, yet easy to use and multilingual. Additionally, one of the most important aspects of adopting new technology in an ever growing business is scalability, so solutions which are long term investments need to be able to scale up significantly in order to support a company in all stages of its growth. When adopting new technology, there's always challenges, however, successfully adopting farm management software works towards sealing the traceability black hole which is currently present within the food sourcing industry, where there is no actual, easily accessible data which satisfies necessary traceability standards.
“With the ability to gather and store substantial information from every phase of the production, we can easily trace who is the grower, where & when was the crop planted, what crop input & active substances were used, when it was harvested, how much cash did the grower earn, what practices were used to produce the products.” ~ Taufan Suharsono
Industry leaders like Taufan are the bringers of change. Their responsibility is also two-fold, towards their buyer but also towards the farmer. Taufan's role is to provide value for all sides, ultimately improving the livelihood of the farmers as well.