PLANTATION ACTIVITIES – Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute (IPCRI) as one of the Technical Implementing Unit (UPT) of the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development, Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development Ministry of Agriculture held its first webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. . Ir. Ismail Maskromo, M.Sc. titled IPCRI “Before, now and later”. In this webinar a variety of palm plant technology innovations are displayed from various aspects, including aspects of breeding and germplasm, cultivation technology, management of phytopathology and entomology control and post-harvest palm trees in increasing the income of coconut farmers, said Ismail.
Head of Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D., in his remarks expressed his appreciation to IPCRI, especially the participants who were present despite the slump in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic remained eager to provide information on the Indonesian palm sector. In addition, the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development is very supportive regarding the development of international coconut plantations in Indonesia and reminds that supporting documents are prepared so that development can be carried out in Indonesia, especially North Sulawesi. Syafaruddin also hopes that in this webinar interactive and positive discussions will occur.
As the resource person in this webinar is Prof. Dr. Ir. Novarianto Hengky, MS (breeding sector), Prof. Dr. Ir. Meldy LA Hosang, MS (field of pests and diseases), Ir. Barlina Rindengan, MS (post-harvest field) and Yulianus R. Matana, SP. M.Sc (cultivation field). In the discussion session, there were a lot of questions both directly and through room chat related to superior varieties of coconut produced by IPCRI, such as hybrid coconut, pests that attack coconut plants and their control, especially the Oryctes and Brontispa pests, and how to cultivate and process post coconut harvest in an effort to increase crop productivity and income of coconut farmers.
On this occasion, also joined the Executive Director of the International Coconut Community (ICC) Ir. Jelfina C. Alouw, Ph.D. In his remarks as a representative of the international coconut community, ICC fully supports the activities carried out by IPCRI (Indonesia) because Indonesia is part of the Coconut Genetic Network (Cogent) given the very high demand for coconuts lately, said Jelfina.
About 400 participants took part in the webinar, consisting of lecturers, research professors, researchers, extension workers, private sector, students, farmers and Indonesian palm stakeholders. This webinar is part of the next webinar series which will be held every Wednesday at 10:30 WITA. It is hoped that after this webinar more information can be provided to stakeholders in the next edition of the webinar which is more focused on certain areas.