ICECRD ACTIVITIES – Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, IPB in organizing The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Plantation (ICSP2nd) on 2-3 September 2021. This activity continues the success of the first ICSP which was held on 20-20 August 21, 2019. Different from the previous year, The 2nd ICSP was held in the midst of the online/virtual Covid-19 pandemic for two days consisting of plenary sessions, parallel sessions, and student competition sessions. ICSP2nd received 149 scientific papers from researchers which were presented in parallel sessions and will be published in the IOP proceedings.
ICSP2nd was attended by the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia (Dr. H. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, SH, MH), Head of IAARD (Dr. Ir. Fadjry Djufry, M.Si), IPB Chancellor Prof. Dr. Arif Satria, SP, MSi, Head of the ICECRD (Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D.) and more than 548 virtual participants from universities, research institutes, ministries/agencies, local governments, the private sector, and other stakeholders both from Indonesia and abroad countries, such as Malaysia, India, and Pakistan.
This activity was opened by the Head of IAARD while the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture gave a virtual speech. In his remarks, the Minister of Agriculture expressed his gratitude for the implementation of ICSP2nd. He hopes that this forum can be a place to interact, discuss, and initiate collaborative research and development of plantation crops so as to produce something useful for the participants and the progress of plantations in Indonesia.
The Head of IAARD thanked the Minister of Agriculture for giving a speech. He also appreciated the implementation of ICSP as a forum for enlightenment, additional knowledge about Indonesian plantation crops and appreciated the committee who had worked very hard, so that this conference could be held.
The Head of the Agency also appreciated that the work of the CECRD in the pandemic era had resulted in several discoveries related to plantation crops, including medicinal plants such as eucalyptus, red ginger, sambiloto (Andrographis paniculata) and temulawak (Curcuma xanthorrhiza) which became important commodities to increase the body’s immunity against viruses. For example, the ICECRD has developed eucalyptus oil containing 1.8 cineol as a roll-on, inhaler, balm, aromatherapy oil, and aromatherapy necklace.
On the other hand, some plantation crops also have high potential to be developed as vegetable pesticides to replace and reduce the application of chemical pesticides for good agricultural practices, environmentally friendly agriculture, and sustainable agricultural development.
“We believe that our national development can be better sustainable to the next generation by properly managing all of our natural resources, including plantation crops. It can also contribute to the world’s environment,” added Fadjry.
The Head of CECRD highly appreciates the implementation of the International Conference (the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Plantation 2021) which will take place virtually on Thursday and Friday 2-3 September 2021. The Syafaruddin hopes that this event will be useful in an effort to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to strengthen human well-being globally and nationally. He also hopes that this activity can be useful, inspire participants to have broader insights about research and education, and there is a concrete formulation in an effort to increase exports three times which is the Main Program of the Ministry of Agriculture. (Anjas)