ICECRD ACTIVITY – Friday 17 July 2020, Dissemination and Collaboration team (KSPHP) of Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) visited the International Coconut Community (ICC) office in Jakarta. Head of KSPHP Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP., MAB, together with the Head of Collaboration and head of Dissemintation team and staff, were received directly by the ICC Executive Director Ir. Jelfina C. Alouw, M.Sc, Ph.D., who previously served as Head of KSPHP at the ICECRD.
In his remarks, ICC Executive Director Ir. Jelfina C. Alouw, M.Sc, Ph.D. expressed appreciation and gratitude for the visit of the KSPHP in the context of sharing, coordinating and exploring cooperation. Jelfina also informed and explained the profile, activities and activities of the ICC which consisted of 20 countries. Jelfina invited the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) Ministry of Agriculture to build synergies and take advantage of the coconut commodity market opportunities both for the domestic and world markets, whose demand is currently increasing, he said.
At present the development of world coconut is faced with a decrease in the level of production and productivity in addition to the required regulation for rejuvenation, also faced with the needs and availability of seeds that have not been optimal. Congress steps and breakthroughs are needed, for example through the development of modern coconut seeds, said Jelfina. Another important note is the existence of a negative campaign for the use of coconut products, coconuts that are no longer productive, and pests of coconut diseases and still not yet maximally managing the coconut industry. In several countries, there have been new replanting and planting programs with quality certified seeds to meet market needs, he added.
Indonesia has the largest coconut planting area in the world but the level of production has decreased compared to other countries. Likewise, the production of coconut derivatives has not been maximized as a source of new economic growth for the community. For this reason, the role of various parties, especially the government, is needed to make coconut as a potential source of income in the future by maximizing the upstream and downstream sectors, namely coconuts that have added value and are export-oriented, Jelfina stressed.
On the occasion of the visit, Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP., MAB expressed his respect to the Executive Director of the ICC who had successfully taken part in the world level through his hard work coloring international coconut trees. Tedy hopes that in the future the synergy and collaboration between the ICECRD and ICC will be better, especially in the effort to advance the national coconut sector in terms of economy, research and other activities. Tedy also hopes that the participation of the ICECRD in encouraging the progress of the national coconut development can be pursued through research activities and scientific forums.
At the end of the meeting Jelfina hopes that in the future the synergy of the ICC and the ICECRD will be strengthened with activities involving international experts working together with the ICC both as a resource, reviewer and involvement in other scientific activities. (Anjas)
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