ICECRD ACTIVITIES – Wednesday (13/01/2021), the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD) held a workshop with the theme “Implementation of Innovation Utilization and Provision of Seed / Superior Plantation Seeds”. Taking place at the ICECRD Display Building, this event was a follow-up to the Agricultural Development National Working Meeting and Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development Workshop which had been previously held.
The workshop was attended by the Head of Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) Dr.Ir. Fadjry Djufry, M.Sc., Head of the ICECRD, Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D., Head Indonesian Spice & Medicinal Crops Research Institute (ISMCRI) Dr. Evi Savitri Iriani, Head of Indonesian Sweetener & Fiber Crops Research Institute (ISFCRI) Dr. Andy Wijanarko, Head of Indonesian Palm Crops Research Institute (IPCRI) Dr. Ismail Maskromo, Head of Indonesian Industrial & Bevarages Crops Research Institute (IIBCRI) Dr. Tri Joko Santoso, Chairperson of the Researcher Group, Coordinator and Sub-Coordinator of the Substance Group, research professor, as well as offline or online researchers at the ICECRD .
In his remarks, the Head of ICECRD said that this workshop was held to follow up the seed multiplication mandate. Although asked to focus on coffee and cocoa, each research institute is expected to prioritize its superior commodities.
The Head of IAARD in his direction emphasized that R & D should be able to find solutions to mass demand for technology-based seeds. In addition, R&D needs to focus on strategic commodities such as sugarcane, cocoa, coconut, coffee, spices and medicinal plants. The eucalyptus product has produced a commercial product and 8 patents within budget constraints. Similar successes need to be repeated, stressed Head of IAARD.
Then, the event continued with the presentation of three main materials. First, “Action Plan for the Implementation of the Use of Innovation and Provision of Superior Seeds” presented by the four Heads of the ICECRD with the moderator being the Coordinator of the Sub-Group for Cooperation and Research Result Utilization, Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah, SP., MAB.
Each Research Institute explained the target and its seed production capabilities. Likewise with supporting technology and strategies that can help meet the needs of national seeds.
In general, Research Institute has problems with limited availability of seed sources and the budget from the Directorate General of Technicals which is dynamic and often changes. Therefore, it is necessary to build a main garden and seed facilities, as well as improve coordination with the Directorate General of Technical and other related parties.
The second material was “Accelerating the Fulfillment of Superior Coconut Seeds for Local and Global Markets” presented by Ir. Jelfina C. Alouw, M.Sc., Ph.D. as Executive Director of the International Coconut Community (ICC) moderated by the Head of ICECRD, Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D .. In her presentation, Jelfina revealed that coconut development in Indonesia still faces obstacles, from low productivity and farmers’ income, climate change, unstable prices, to partnerships or farmer and industrial institutions that are not yet running well. It is hoped that the ICC and the Center for Plantation Research and Development can mutually support their respective roles, thereby accelerating the development of coconut in Indonesia. Thus, the welfare of coconut farmers can also be lifted.
Finally, the material “Action Plan for Plantation R&D Management Activities” was delivered by the Coordinator of the Program Substance and Evaluation (PE) Group, Cooperation and Utilization of Research Results , and Research and Development Resource Management moderated by the Head of the Center for Policy Analysis of the ICECRD Dr. Ir. I Ketut Ardana, M.Si. The coordinators presented the work achieved during 2020 and an action plan for TA. 2021. The steps to accelerate the realization of FY.2021 are adjusted to the main output target of the ICECRD in supporting the Ministry of Agriculture’s 2021 program and Strategic Plan. (Anjas)