Lasiyo’s Organic Bananas
A former rice and peanut farmer in Bantul, Yogyakarta, cultivates dozens of local banana varieties organically. He has shared his knowledge at several universities and even in Italy.
Five thousand banana seeds flourish on Lasiyo Syaifudin’s 300-square-meter yard in the Ponggok hamlet in Bantul, Yogyakarta. Planks with the names of each variety are planted on each row of the plants, which are one to three months old. Among the varieties are pisang raja (lantundan), klutuk (Musa balbisiana), kojo, pisang ambon (cavendish), and kepok kuning (saba).
In another plot not far from the banana nursery, there is an herb orc...