The development of the Food Estate Area of 10 thousand hectares in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan, presents many modern technologies and innovations from the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development of the Ministry of Agriculture. One of them is a superior plantation commodity from the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD).
The superior commodities include: Coconut Quickly from IPCRI, Liberika Coffee from IIBCRI and various types of empon-empon plants such as red ginger and turmeric from ISMCRI which have high productivity and are able to grow in swamps with proper cultivation and water treatment.
Minister of Agriculture Dr. Syahrul Yasin Limpo has explained that in this food estate area, various types of agricultural commodities will be developed, such as food crops, horticulture, plantations, and livestock. All of these commodities are superior commodities that have high productivity.
“Here we have used superior varieties to increase productivity. We hope that if the mechanics are good, the fertilization is sufficient, and we pay attention to water conditions, God willing, the productivity will also increase, “said the Minister of Agriculture during a visit by the President of the Republic of Indonesia in the food estate area of Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan (8/10).
The initial stage is that the Food Estate area will be developed with an area of 30 thousand hectares, to be precise in Pulang Pisau Regency covering 10 thousand hectares and Kapuas Regency covering 20 thousand hectares.
Head of the ICECRD, Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph. D said that the superior varieties of plantations planted on this food estate land were the result of research and had been certified, so that farmers do not have to worry about having difficulties in the process of cultivating these superior commodities.
“Certification for each superior variety is carried out one by one, not in general terms so that the quality is more guaranteed, the most important thing is to pay attention to how to finance it, must know the right way so that the results are maximum,” explained Syafaruddin in Technical Guidance on Plantation Commodity Cultivation Supporting the Food Estate Program in Belanti Siam Village, Pandih Batu District, Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan. (8/10)
The material in the technical guidance activity involves several experts from the Research Institute in the scope of the ICECRD, namely the cultivation of plantation techniques, starting from seeding, maintenance, harvesting and post harvest.
The Head of ICECRD hopes that all farmers in this food estate area can enjoy the yields of the superior varieties of plantations they cultivate, which in turn will improve the welfare of farmers.
ICECRD with the scope of Research are optimistic that they will be able to provide maximum support for the development program of the food estate area with synergy and coordination among stakeholders in accordance with the direction of the Minister of Agriculture and the Head of IAARD. (Anjas / Team)