IAARD Holds International Conference To Discuss Sustainable Plantation

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ICECRD – The Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) Ministry of Agriculture and IPB University again held the International Conference on Sustainable Plantation (ICSP) which was held virtually on 2-3 September 2021.

This international conference held by the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) has the theme “Improving Added Value of Plantation Crops Through Sustainable Innovation”.

“ICSP 2 nd  is a continuation of the first ICSP in 2019. We hope this virtual conference will be a special forum for participants to interact and discuss future collaborations especially plantation related technological innovation,” said Chief ICECRD Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D on Thursday (2/9/2021).

In the conference, the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo explained that the plantation sector still plays a major role in strengthening national income with the contribution of export value in 2020 reaching Rp359.14 trillion. Therefore, sustainable plantations are something that continues to be encouraged.

“Developing sustainable agriculture requires some discoveries and innovations regarding research on the added value and competitiveness of plantation crops. We hope that this event will be successful and useful in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to strengthen human welfare globally and nationally and that there is a concrete formulation of support for plantation innovation in an effort to increase exports three times the Ministry of Agriculture, “said Syahrul Yasin.

Head of IAARD Dr. Fadjry Djufry mentioned several main plantation crops that have made a positive contribution to economic sustainability in many tropical countries, including oil palm, coconut, sago, rubber, coffee, cocoa, tea, pepper, cloves, medicinal plants, and sugar cane. However, on the one hand, the workforce challenges also need to be resolved.

“The agricultural sector, especially plantations, is also a labor-intensive sector. Since this sector will continue to grow in the future, meeting the need for a reliable workforce will be one of the main problems, so it requires continuous efforts to develop workforce capacity to meet the increasing needs,” said Fadjry Djufry. 

In line with Fadjry, the Chancellor of IPB University Prof. Dr. Arif Satria said that the challenges of the workforce and industry must be answered with sustainable plantation innovations from upstream to downstream.

“The plantation sector is very dependent on the capacity of human resources. Now that we are facing industry 4.0, it is important to take advantage of modern and sophisticated technology to increase productivity and quality of plantation products. Hopefully in this conference we can share the latest developments from plantation technology innovations from production,  processing,  to the  market , “said Arif Satria.

Some of the topics raised in order to support sustainable plantations include plantation crop protection, plantation plant breeding, water management, fertilization, plantation environmental management, agroforestry, post-harvest technology, biodiversity, and climate change. These various topics were discussed by speakers from within and outside the country who are competent in their fields.

For information, ICSP 2021 will be held virtually for two days consisting of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, and student competition sessions. At the conference, 147 papers were received from researchers which were then presented in parallel sessions and the manuscripts will be published in the IOP proceedings.

This international conference was also attended by 548 participants from universities, research institutes, ministries/agencies, local governments, private sector, and stakeholders from Indonesia and abroad such as Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Australia, USA, India, and Pakistan. (ANJAS)

Source: IAARD

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