ICECRD ACTIVITIES – The Indonesian Spice & Medicinal Crops Research Institute (ISMCRI) introduced superior varieties and SNI for vanilla plant seedlings in Bobo Village, Palolo District, Sigi Regency, Palu. The introduction in the form of mentoring by the researcher of Balittro Dra. Endang Hadipoentyanti, MS Dra, we will train the vanilla plant seeds for the introduction of superior varieties and SNI. Endang Hadipoentyanti, which was attended by two Mekar Jaya Farmer Groups consisting of 17 people and the Tunas Baru Farmer Group consisting of 28 people.
Assistance for vanilla farmers is carried out in the vanilla garden yard while adhering to health protocols. Farmers are enlightened about vanilla plants starting from history, the origin of vanilla, types of vanilla, superior varieties of vanilla, SNI for seedlings, propagation methods using long and short cuttings, planting media for cutting in polybags and covering.
Farmers are very enthusiastic by asking a number of questions including vine regulation, pollination, planting methods, stem rot, harvest and post-harvest. Before the visit to the garden, the farmer who was actively asking questions in the training was given a gift in the form of a t-shirt.
For the identification of vanilla plants in the district. The palolo planted by farmers is a type of Vanilla planilofia, a variety similar to Vania 2, there are no flower bunches that branch off and most of the farmers take vanilla seeds from the district. Kulawi, Sigi Regency. As for cultivation, farmers were given direct explanations during visits to the gardens of 2 vanilla farmers in Bobo village and in Bakubakulu village. In addition, farmers are also given explanations and directions regarding cultivation problems that occur in the field, including how to regulate tendrils and prevent stem rot. (Anjas)