Let’s Learn the Herbs Production at Kampoeng Djamoe Organic"Initiated by Martha Tilaar, Kampoeng Djamoe Organic is now growing as an oasis in the middle of an industrial area in Cikarang. This botanical village preserves hundreds of medicinal, cosmetic and aromatic plants"
Published by : administrator - 23/11/2021 14:20 WIB
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Indonesia has many centers for planting and processing herbal or jamu plants. One of them is located in the industrial area of Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java. The kampung jamu (herbal medicine village) in Cikarang was named Kampoeng Djamoe Organik, a botanical village initiated by the founder of the Martha Tilaar Group, Martha Tilaar.
Kampoeng Djamoe Organic (KaDO) is located in the EJIP Gate II Area, South Cikarang, Bekasi. As stated on the official website, this herbal village is located on Jalan Ciujung. Jamupedia Friends can visit this Cikarang herbal village on Monday-Saturday. Especially for Sunday, if you want to make a visit, please confirm with the manager first. KaDO is open from 08.00 to 16.00 WIB. With an entrance ticket for Rp. 20,000, you can visit as well as learn about 650 types of medicinal, cosmetic, and aromatic plants. You can take part in various educational tour packages provided by the manager. Not only that, you can also enjoy herbal products and jamu produced by this herbal medicine village.
Quoted from the kompas.com page, KaDO consists of two garden areas, namely Aromatic Land and Beauty Land. As the name suggests, Aromatic Land is filled with plants that have a distinctive aroma, while Beauty Land is specifically for beauty herbs. In this herbal village, there are rare plants that were previously considered impossible to live in the KaDO area. These include plants such as olives, buah merah (Pandanus conoideus), to frankincense.
After enjoying the cool and refreshing garden and learning about various herbs, you can access the post-harvest area. Here, visitors learn and see firsthand the process of handling plants that have been harvested. You can see firsthand how to sort, wash, drain, dry, and pack herbal products.
History of Kampoeng Djamoe Organik Martha Tilaar
The development of the KaDO herbal village started with Martha Tilaar’s concern. She felt that Indonesia’s living natural resources were continuously being exploited for food needs, community housing needs, and of course economic interests. Therefore, Martha Tilaar felt that she had a responsibility to help overcome the problem according to her ability.
Initially, in 1995 a 7000 square meter botanical garden was created in Sawangan, Depok, West Java. The botanical garden is planted with medicinal, cosmetic and aromatic plants native to Indonesia. In addition to preserving, the goal is also to improve the welfare of local residents. Two years later, the botanical garden already has hundreds of types of plants. To further maximize the purpose of this cultivation, a wider and more comprehensive botanical garden was created. Finally, KaDO was built which is now located in Cikarang.
This herbal village does not immediately become a garden suitable for planting. There are problems with the soil that need attention, ranging from adjusting the quality of the soil so that it is suitable for planting, managing water sources so that they are ready for plants and consumption, to cleaning up the existing waste piles long before the land ready for a botanical garden. The KaDO team took approximately four years to overcome these challenges.
After the Cikarang herbal village was operational, the surrounding residents received the windfall. KaDO management invites local residents to move forward together. For example, rice planting in the herbal village area is entirely carried out by local farmers with a profit-sharing system. Residents who own livestock are allowed to take advantage of the grass that grows in the garden area. When KaDO has an event, residents are invited to provide services such as horse or cow rental.