BOGOR, ESTATE CROPS – History tells us that Indonesia is one of the world’s largest sugar producer. In 1930, sugar cane varieties from Indonesia (POJ 2878) has saved the sugar industry in Colombia and other South American countries. Managed to produce sugar more than 3 million tons in 1940. But what about now?
The question was discussed at the Sugarcane Policy Strategy Workshop conducted by the Center for Estate Crops Research and Development on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Display Building in Bogor. The workshop was attended by researchers with keynote speaker Mr. Untung Murdiyatmo, Ph.D, a Sugarcane researcher with scientific disciplines Molecular Biologist.
National sugar production is now approximately 2.3 million tons/year, while domestic consumption reached 5.01 million tons/year so it is still insufficient supply of sugar at 2.7 million tons/year.The land area of sugarcane in Indonesia now is 478.20 hectares (Indonesian Commercial Newsletter, 2010) and 246.215 hectares or more than 50 percent are on the island of Java.
Therefore, in order to achieve self sufficiency in sugar, it is necessary to expand the land in some other areas like the island of Sumatra as Lampung, South Sumatra, North Sumatra and others. Similarly, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.
We can also adopt one of Agronomic research is being developed extensively in Colombia and several other countries, namely ‘single bud planting system’.
By implementing a major program of cultivation of sugarcane, namely: (a) the arrangement of healthy seedlings, (b) the production of healthy seedlings, and (c) cultivation of high yield. Expected self sufficiency target will be achieved faster. (team website).