|The white cement is sprinkled on the cabbages to preserve them|
At about 10.00 am we completed our Bromo tour, ate the simple, not tasty breakfast at Lava Cafe, checked out and we were all set to our next destination Banyuwangi. We told the driver that we wanted to make several stops along the mountain village of Cemoro Lawang to have a closer view of the East Java mountain farming.
Known to be the most populated
island of the Indonesian archipelago, Java hardly has any space to spare, every strip of the land will be cultivated and the fertile volcanic soil contributes
significantly to the productivity of its labor. I think Javanese are very hard
working people. I looked at the mountainous landscape at a far distance and caught sight of some farmers working. I was puzzled, how on earth they could walk on the
terraced mountains, some slanting almost at an angle of 70 degrees!
|The cabbage field on the mountain, the diagonal line is the farmer's path|
|Cabbages filled the slopes|
Our driver, Hasbullah, was very accommodating and he made several stops to give us the opportunity to take photographs and talk to the locals. Though they were busy at work, they still managed to greet and exchange few words with us. Indonesians are very warm people and the fact that we speak almost the same language but with a different accent has in many ways facilitated communication with the locals. Only when they speak pure colloquial Javanese, we are lost.
|Harvesting the cabbages|
Cabbages and spring onions are the two most popular crops in Cemoro Lawang and every fields, slopes and mountains are planted with these two vegetables. We stopped to observe the farmers working on the cabbage field. The cabbages are cut, loaded into the basket and carried to the lorry. Everything is done manually from beginning to end. The vegetables are not only consumed locally but they are also exported. We were told some fast food restaurants regularly buy their cabbages.
|70 kilos of cabbages on his back!|
|A bag of white cement in front of the cabbages!|
|Spring onions planted in between the cabbages - no space is wasted!|
|Field of cabbages and spring onions|
|Men at work on the cabbage field|
|Small plot of strawberries|
|Suparman and his load of cabbages|
|Weighing the cabbages|
|Suparman, the Superman!|
|Carrying the cabbages to the lorry|
|Workers help to unload the cabbages|
|Vegetables stall in the village|
|Fresh chilies which look like tomatoes|
|Chilies, cabbages, tomatoes and potatoes|