ICECRD ACTIVITIES – The Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (C) conducts Technical Guidance (TG) for Cash For Work (CFW ) activities. This activity is a form of commitment to carry out President Joko Widodo’s instructions to help ease the economic burden of the community, especially farmers affected by the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
The CFW TG was held at the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development Office, Jalan Tentara Pelajar No.1 Cimanggu Bogor, on Monday, March 8, 2021. Participants of the CFW TG totaling 125 people seemed very enthusiastic about following the event while still implementing health protocols, maintaining distance, and using face mask.
The event was opened by the Head of ICERD, Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D, represented by the Program Substance and Evaluation Coordinator, Dr. Abdul Muis Hasibuan, SP., M.Si. In his remarks, he expressed his gratitude for the active role of the community, and hoped that the innovation material regarding the use of medicinal plants in the yard which would be delivered in TG could increase knowledge and motivate people to always live a healthy lifestyle.
TG continued with the provision of material by the Coordinator of the Substance of Cooperation and Research Result Utilization, Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP, MAB. Before getting into the core of the material, he first invited the participants to brainstorm to be more excited. Not to forget, he invited them to shout “Compact, enthusiastic, great!” to make the atmosphere even more festive.
Tedy also briefly introduced the ICERD and the four research centers under it, including the Indonesian Spice & Medicinal Crops Research Institute (ISMCRIo), Indonesian Sweetener & Fiber Crops Research Institute (ISFCRIs), Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute (IPCRI), and Indonesian Industrial & Bevarages Crops Research Institute (IIBCRI). Only after that, material on family medicinal plants (TOGA) was given.
He encouraged the participants to use his yard for farming, especially TOGA. Even in small yards, they can still use household waste such as bottled drinking water, plastic bags, and used tires for planting. This kind of activity is very beneficial. Especially in the Covid-19 pandemic season like now, TOGA can help increase the immunity of family members, as well as relieve symptoms of certain diseases. (Anjas)