ICECRD ACTIVITIES – Head of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) Dr. Ir. Fadjry Djufry, M.Si. , hopes that the assets owned by IAARD can be utilized optimally. Not only as a research location but also for germplasm conservation and also of course to produce PNBP which can be used for the development of experimental gardens (KP) and can also be a tourist destination location as being developed by the Ministry of Agriculture through the Agro Edu Wisata program, he said.
This hope was conveyed by Fadjry during his working visit to the Manoko Agricultural Technology Research and Study Installation (IP2TP) , Lembang, Bandung, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The agenda of the visit is a plan to revitalize gardens as a means of technology dissemination and agro-tourism (AEW) which can become a learning destination for farmers and communities. So that farmers can directly imitate the integrated business system of agriculture and livestock besides being able to enjoy it as one of the educational tourism destinations that combines natural beauty and technological innovation of IAARD.
During the visit, the Head of Balitbangtan was accompanied by the Head of the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development, Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D. , and the Head of the Animal Research Institute, Dr. Andi Baso Lompengen Ishak, S.Pt, MP . The Fadjry working visit was intended to see the condition of Manoko IP2TP, which was once known as a pilot location for the integration of lemongrass beef by applying the Bio-Industry concept. Apart from that, Kabadan also wanted to review the collection of eucalyptus plants in the KP. Manoko. This plant collection was originally used as research material to produce several products that are now commercially available on the market and licensed by partners , namely Euca Roll on, Euca Inhalant and Euca card products.
In his direction, the Head of the Agency plans to return the integrated bio-industrial model of the citronella, dairy cattle and biogas refining industry with the concept of a semi-closed farming system that minimizes external input and has zero waste management. Seraiwangi refining produces oil as the main output and solid biomass in the form of refined grass. Solid biomass can be used directly to feed dairy cows as a substitute for forage.
Additional concentrate feed is prepared by direct planting in the field. Cows will produce milk as a source of daily income. Likewise, cow dung can be processed into a source of biogas which can save combustion energy and can also be used by the community as a home biogas stove. There needs to be an update for the distillation unit so that it is expected that the quality of the essential oil produced is also better.
Fadjry also hopes that the use of refined waste as animal feed can be re-developed. Therefore, Kabadan plans to allocate several superior dairy cows to Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development from Animal Research Institute research to later be developed at IP2TP Manoko. Thus the lemongrass cow bioindustry model will later develop and become a model for the development of integration of plant livestock.
In addition, there will be immediate rearrangement of the show plots of planting as part of the collection of various upland medicinal plants. There are still many plants that have not been utilized commercially well at the farm level. For example fennel plants, as raw material for telon oil.
On the opportunity to tour the location, Fadjry requested that IP2TP Manoko be improved so that the various collections of essential plants, spices and medicines that exist can be arranged beautifully and well so that later they can become research materials as well as locations for visits and learning. Fadjry also saw many collections, especially essential plants that had not been explored too much, such as the Melaleuca, Artemisia, Anise, Eucalyptus, fragrant roots, etc.