ICECRD ACTIVITIES – In 2020 the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) has collaborated with 14 institutions, 11 of them with universities. One of the things contained in the cooperation agreement text in the scope of activity is to facilitate internships, street vendors, and student research. In 2021 as many as 24 students from the Faculty of Agriculture Unsoed, UNS, UNSIKA, Mercu Buana DIY, in the first phase they have conducted street vendors at the ISMCRI and SE Lab of the ICECRD.
On (5/2/2021), the KSPHP Substance Coordinator ( Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP., MAB. ) And the Sub-Coordinator for Cooperation Substance ( Dr. Saefudin, SP., M.Sc. ) conducted a review of field practice participants as well as a visit to Experimental Farm (KP) Sukamulya Sukabumi. This review was carried out in the context of discussions with field practice participants to examine the obstacles and progress at the location, especially the achievement of field practice goals. Furthermore, this visit was carried out to identify the potentials of KP Sukamulya for follow-up cooperation with Sebelas Maret University (UNS).
In a short discussion, the Head of KP. Sukamulya, Wawan Lukman explained that currently, he is assisted by 6 civil servants and 5 honorary staff in carrying out their daily duties, the total land area of the Sukamulya KP reaches 48.6 hectares consisting of patchouli, pepper, vanilla, experimental plots, etc.
For daily operations, KP. Sukamulya, who is part of the Indonesian Spice & Medicinal Crops Research Institute (ISMCRI) does not rely solely on the state budget. They independently worked on the construction of a path, a spring pool, a jogging track, etc. Some unused land is also used for the development of citronella, vanilla, cassava, and others, said Wawan.
Two commodities were the focus of observation during the internship, namely vanilla and temu ireng. They observed the bacterial treatment of vanilla and the differences in organic and inorganic fertilizers on temu ireng.
Wawan added, KP. Sukamulya also has a lemon grass refining machine with a capacity of 1 ton. Apart from the main product in the form of aromatherapy oil, the waste is also processed into a medium for growing mushrooms, making briquettes, and compost. The hope, KP. Sukamulya can be developed into an educational destination, given its strategic location, which is on the route of West Java Province. However, infrastructure development has not been optimal due to limited funds.
Cooperation with the private sector is considered to be a solution to this problem. Furthermore, Dr. Tedy also hopes that the Sub-Coordinator for the Cooperation Substance of the ICECRD can make an inventory of the potential of the KP. Sukamulya and other experimental gardens.
The activity was continued by reviewing the activities of six internship students from UNS. Four of them are students of the Soil Science Study Program, while the other two are from the Agrotechnology Study Program. Students expressed their gratitude for the facilitation of street vendors, especially to ISMCRI and accompanying researchers. While in KP. Students get the facilities and infrastructure as expected by field practice, thus the process of mentoring, mentoring by KP managers. and co-researchers.
Apart from making observations, the students are also actively involved in various activities at the KP. Sukamulya. Everyday, they start leaving at 07.00 WIB to participate in routine activities in the field or conduct research observations. After resting at 11.00-13.00 WIB, activities were continued but focused more on the greenhouse. Dr. Tedy advised students to collect as much data as possible while in KP. Sukamulya. Hopefully, this data can be useful when they carry out further thesis research. (Anjas)