ICECRD ACTIVITIES – The period of the COVID-19 pandemic certainly did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Indonesian Industrial & Bevarages Crops Research Institute (IIBCRI) in working as an institution that focuses on the world of research. On April 28, 2021, IIBCRI participated in the first semester variety release session organized by the Directorate General of Plantation. At the release hearing which took place at The Sahira Hotel-Bogor, there were four (4) proposals that were tried. One of the proposers was IIBCRI in collaboration with the South Sumatra Plantation Agency, namely the Kobura (Robusta Ranau Coffee) 1, Kobura 2 and Kobura 3 varieties.
The collaboration for assembling this variety has been started since 2017 which is fronted by IIBCRI breeders including Ilham Wicaksono, SP, MP., Ir. Enny Randriani, Dr. Meynarti SDI, Dani, MSc, et al. The journey of the three Robusta coffee varieties to pass the variety release court is of course a long journey, starting from the survey process to the selection of the selected parent tree. Based on molecular testing, the three VUB Kobura 1, Kobura 2, and Kobura 3 have specific morphological characteristics.
The three advantages of VUB include excellent taste characteristics, namely the fine Robusta category and high productivity, namely 2.09-2.76; 1,32-1.83; and 1.54-1.90 tonnes / ha of dry beans for Kobura 1, Kobura 2 and Kobura 3 respectively. Their high productivity has the potential to be used as a source of superior quality seeds to support the coffee rejuvenation and rehabilitation program in the OKU area. South or other areas with similar conditions.
Kobura released by the community is a manifestation of the existence of IIBCRI as an institution that focuses on producing technology and innovation. The hope is that the three local Robusta coffee clones of OKU Selatan can become a real proof of the government in improving the welfare of farmers both in South Sumatra or developing in all areas that are adaptive to Robusta.