YOGYAKARTA, ICECRD – A Working Meeting within the Indonesian Center for Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) was held on 1 to 4 March 2012 in Yogyakarta. The theme of this meeting was “Establishment andStrengthening Research and Dissemination Programs to support the Achievement of Primary Targets of Estate Crops Sub Sector of the Ministry of Agriculture“. The purpose of the meeting was establishing research and dissemination programs, strengthening human resources capacity, and optimizing research infrastructures to support the achievement of the main target of the agricultural sector.
The meeting was officially opened by the Director General of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IIARD) Dr. Ir. Haryono, MSc., and was attended by the structural officers, chiefs of researcher group, program coordinator, senior researcher, head of the experiment stations, laboratory coordinators, and chiefs of the management unit of seed sources (UPBS) of all the technical implementation units (UPT) within the ICECRD.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the directors of other centers within the IAARD, a.o. Director of the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (Dr. Ir. Kasdi Subagyono, MSc.), Director of the Indonesian Center for Veterinary Research (Dr. DVM. Hardiman, MM.), Director of the Indonesian Center for Postharvest Agricultural Research and Development (Dr. Rudi Tedjo Hutomo, MSc.), Director of the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Engineering Research and Development (Dr. Ir. Astu Unadi, M. Eng) and Director of Forestry and Estate Crops of Bondowoso District, who was specially invited to attend this event.
In his direction speech at the opening meeting, the DG of IAARD stated the importance of more innovative supports on management with the pattern of decision making based on valid data and information from the results of previous studies. In addition, the DG emphasized on the importance of balancing the research and development activities supported by sufficient human resources and facilities/infrastructures in order to produce superior and competitive technological innovations which may push to accelerate the development of national agriculture.
Strengthening of the logistics system of seed sources in UPBS of the TIUs within the IAARD is a real need to accelerate the delivery of new technology of high yielding varieties to the end users. Although for the time beings the UPBS developments still focus on food crops, however, in the future we must also consider the estate commodities.
Specifically, if the government launches national movements (GERNAS) of potential estate commodities such as oil palm, rubber, coconut, sugarcane, and others, seeds would require very large amounts and must be supported by adequate logistics of seed sources from our UPBS.
To continue producing new varieties with significant advantages compared to existing ones, strengthening research in breeding is needed, including the approach Genomic Research. In his explanation, the DG stressed on the need for the strategic value of the development of Genomic Research to anticipate the signal of leveling off advantages of the new varieties existing today.
In association with agriculture-base economic development programs in border and marginal areas, which are still largely underdeveloped, the roles of estate commodities are expected to be more coloring them by selecting the type of commodities suitable with the land conditions. In this occasion, the DG instructed the ICECRD to immediately initiate the programs by carrying out various applied estate technologies or demonstration farms appropriate to the border and the sub-optimal regions.
In framing the meeting, Director of the ICECRD (Dr. Muhammad Syakir, MS) asked to emphasize on monitoring and evaluation prior to propose the 2013 research activities. For the strategic estate commodities in the world, the research and development should be handled by the researchers within the Estate Crop Research Center.
Therefore, future activities handled by the Research Center and conducted by the PIU/Research Institutes should be well arranged. The Research Institutes (TIUs) should go upstream direction, while the Research Center in line with Indonesian Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (BPTP) focuses on dissemination through demonstration farms. The entire researchers and supporting staffs are expected to provide positive contributions in carrying out research and producing technologies which can be adopted by farmers.
After officially opening the meeting, the DG witnessed the signing of research cooperation titling “Pioneering Research Assistance Cluster Formation Tobacco Bondowoso” between the Director of Forestry and Estate Crops of Bondowoso District and the Indonesian Sweetener and Fiber Crops Research Institute Malang.
The materials discussed in the meeting were divided into three discussion groups: (1) map of 2010-2011 research results, strategic planning, and guidelines of competitive research, (2) strategic development of dissemination and UPBS), and (3) human resources.