ICECRD ACTIVITIES – Tuesday, February 23, 2021, the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) received a visit from the Head of the West Java Regional Research and Development Agency (RRDA), Linda Al Amin, ST, MT, and the team. This visit is intended as an exploration of the cooperation that can be carried out between the two agencies.
Head of the ICECRD, Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D. , accompanied by the KSPHP Substance Coordinator Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP, MAB , and PHP Substance Sub Coordinator Sudarsono, SE welcomed the arrival of the Team from RRDA West Java in the meeting room on the 1st floor of ICECRD. Researcher of ISMCRI, Dra. Nur Maslahah, M.Si, also attended the meeting.
Linda explained that her party has two programs that have the potential to collaborate with the ICECRD, namely Millennial Farmers and the development of the Science and Technology Area (KST). Millennial Farmers is a program of the West Java Provincial Government which was launched in early February to attract the interest of the younger generation to agriculture. Meanwhile, KST is a long-term project which is planned to be built on an area of 900 hectares in Cikadu, Cianjur.
West Java RRDA needs a lot of technological innovation support for the success of these two programs, including from the ICECRD. Especially considering that their priority commodities are sugar palm and lemongrass, which are included in the commodities of the ICECRD.
Syafaruddin as Head of the ICECRD welcomed this offer of cooperation. “While we are needed and capable, we are ready to help,” he said. Furthermore, Syafaruddin said he was ready to facilitate a zoom meeting with research centers within the ICECRD at the next meeting.
The aim is that research centers can present their innovative technology that is suitable for the West Java RRDA development program. Commodities other than sugar palm and lemongrass are also potential for cooperation, he added.
However, the Head of the ICECRD also suggested that West Java BP2D focus on developing commodities that could become a priority. Not to forget, Syafaruddin reminded that this cooperation should be built legally and mutually beneficial. For that, the MoU, PKS, and KAK are expected to be drawn up in the near future, he hoped. (Anjas)