Coffee Morning With Media Building North Sulawesi Agriculture

Aktifitas Puslitbangbun Highlight

PLANTATION ACTIVITIES – In order to build coordination between agencies and the media in North Sulawesi (North Sulawesi), on Friday, 7 August 2020 Class I Manado Quarantine Center initiated Coffee Morning at RM Nettizen Road Blessing with the theme “Together with the media to build agriculture in North Sulawesi” which was also attended by online and print media crews. The activity was initiated by the Head of Class I Manado Agriculture Quarantine Center, drh. Donny Muksydayan Saragih, M.Si. Also attending, the head of the Balit Palma in North Sulawesi, Dr. Ir. Ismail Maskromo, M.Si, Head of BPTP Balitbangtan in North Sulawesi, Dr. Steivie Karouw, S.TP. M.Sc, Head of North Sulawesi Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Office, Ir. Novly G. Wowiling, M.Si, Head of Plantation Office of North Sulawesi, Refly Nantung, SP, Head of Industry and Trade Office of North Sulawesi, Drs. Edwin Kindangen.

The agricultural sector has the potential to boost economic growth in the Province of North Sulawesi (North Sulawesi) to recover after growing negatively by 3.89 percent in the first half of 2020. Therefore, the local government is determined to encourage the agricultural sector so that it continues to be able to produce higher, including by utilizing modern agricultural technology. Head of the North Sulawesi Agricultural Service, Ir. Novly Wowiling. Head of the Manado Class I Agricultural Quarantine Center, Donni Muksydayan Saragih, said the sector’s potential was seen from the continuity of North Sulawesi’s agricultural commodity exports to various countries despite the corona pandemic. “Shredded coconut has become one of the new commodities that has successfully penetrated the Brazilian market, thus complementing the export of other derivative products such as crude coconut oil, coconut flour and others,” said drh. Doni.

Head of the North Sulawesi Plantation Service Refly Nantung said that one of the trending coconut products is virgin coconut oil (virgin coconut oil). “The benefits of VCO have been proven for health, therefore farmers need to develop them,” said Refly. This was added by Dr. Steivie Karouw, who is one of the post-harvest experts, states that VCO is good for health, antioxidants, antivirals and for stamina, if taken according to the recommended dosage, which is 4-6 spoons every day. Furthermore, the Head of Research Institute for Palm Crops Research and Development Agency in North Sulawesi, Dr. Ismail Maskromo said that his party is currently developing coconuts that bear fruit quickly, are slow to grow short and bear a lot of fruit, in an effort to make it easy for farmers to harvest them. “There are various types of superior coconut seeds already available and ready to be planted by farmers,” said Ismail. He added that besides copra, coconut can also be processed into coconut sugar.

Head of the Industry and Trade Office of North Sulawesi Province, Edwin Kindangen, said that his party is ready to facilitate the opening of North Sulawesi’s agricultural commodity export markets to various countries. “The market holds the key to developing agriculture, therefore we continue to penetrate various countries,” said Edwin.

The next event was a discussion and questions and answers from the media crew with the speakers. During the event, Eucalyptus necklaces produced by the Agricultural Research and Development Agency (Balitbangtan) of the Ministry of Agriculture were also handed over to the three heads of offices representing the North Sulawesi government.

It is hoped that the coffee morning agenda together with the press media will continue to be carried out to convey technological innovations from Balitbangtan to the Indonesian people, especially North Sulawesi, through news from friends of instant press.

Source: Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute

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