ESTATE CROPS NEWS – Perum Perhutani, in the context of developing its business, will optimize land under forest plantation stands. For the initial stage, Perum Perhutani will develop herbal plants and porang in several KPHs located on the island of Java. To support the success of this development, Perum Perhutani cooperates with IAARD which has competence in the development of herbal plants and porang.
The collaboration is stated in an MOU signed by the President Director of Perum Perhutani, Mr. Wahyu Kuncoro and the Head of IAARD Mr. Fadjry Djufry on August 31, 2021, in Jakarta. The signing was attended by the Director of Operations and Social Forestry, the Secretary of IAARD, the Head of the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development and the Head of the ISMCRI of course with due observance of the Covid 19 pandemic health protocol.
This MOU is expected to become an umbrella for various collaborative activities that will be initiated in the future. For the first stage, the collaboration for the development of herbal plants will cover an area of about 1000 hectares in 8 KPH locations with the main commodities being ginger, turmeric, kencur, cardamom and lemongrass. IAARD, in this case ISMCRI will assist in determining the location, recommendations for superior seeds, cultivation and postharvest assistance and marketing, by helping to connect with off takers, both traders and the herbal industry.
The Head of the Agency in his speech said that IAARD is ready to assist Perum Perhutani in an effort to support the food supply program through the use of land that is not yet optimal. Many innovations have been produced by IAARD both upstream and in processing. Especially for the development of porang, IAARD is ready to support because porang is one of the commodities that receive special attention from the President of the Republic of Indonesia.
Hopefully, with the signing of this MOU, there will be good cooperation and synergy between Perum Perhutani and IAARD to encourage the implementation of innovation in agricultural development while still paying attention to aspects of environmental sustainability.