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Gradual Logging Method for Coconut Rejuvenating

(adm/Feb 17, 2011)

The application of the coconut rejuvenating program is expected to continue to guarantee landowner farmers' income during the activity takes places. The recommended method of rejuvenation is Gradual Logging Method. In this method, the logging is done in stages as much as 20% per year. This method does not interfere the growth of the substitute plant and is the most appropriate alternative to be implemented in terms of agronomic and farmer income. The open land after the logging of the old coconut plants in stages can be planted with crops such as corn, peanuts or the other crops. The farming results obtained with the poly culture patters is very significant compared to the monoculture pattern by only planting coconut trees. (more ...)

Indonesia Hosts ITPGRFA Meeting

(hms/Jan 20, 2011)

Monopoly on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture may trigger international disputes. To anticipate these, the fourth meeting of The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) will be held in Bali on 14-18 March 2011. Such was expressed by IAARD Director General Dr. Haryono accompanied by the Director of Indonesian Research Center for Biotechnology and Agricultural Genetic Resources Development Dr. Karden Mulya, ITPGRFA Secretary Dr. Shakeel Batti and Echelon II officials within IAARD. (more ...)

FKPR to Overcome Challenges and Problems of Agriculture

(hms/Jan 17, 2011)

The Indonesian Agency for Agriculture Research and Development (IAARD), Ministry of Agriculture, formed a Research Professor Communication Forum (FKPR) with the Chairman Prof. (Research) Dr. Husein Sawit. On the occasion which was conjunction with the 'Joint Meeting between the Minister of Agriculture and the IAARD Research Professors’ at the IAARD Auditorium, Cimanggu, Bogor, Friday January 14, 2011, the Director General of IAARD Dr. Haryono said that the forming of FKPR is to optimized the skills and experiences of the Research Professors in order to bring real contribution in solving the problems in agriculture development. (more ...)

Chili Harvesting at Sukabumi

(hms/Jan 11, 2011)

"Hopefully in 2011 the climate condition will be normal and the prices of chili which are high will be stable," said Minister of Agriculture Dr. Suswono who was accompanied by Director General IAARD Dr. Haryono and the Regional Leader of Sukabumi Sukmawijaya on the chili harvesting event in Pasir Datar Village, Caringin District, Sukabumi. The climate anomaly, the long rainy season throughout the year and the un-maximized postharvest handling are several factors which affected the supply of chili to the community, resulting in the rising prices of chili. (more ...)

Saving Albino Buffalos, Participating in Conserving Tana Toraja Culture

(hms/Jan 11, 2011)

Efforts to increase the efficiency of buffalo reproduction can be done by mating at the right time both naturally and artificially- Artificial Insemination (AI). The period of heat needs to be understood by farmers to shorten the calving period from the usual 20-24 months to 14-16 months. Long calving period results in hampering buffalo population increase. If this is related to the ritual activities of Tana Toraja community, the number of slaughtered mature albino buffalos, having selling value of IDR 150 million each, reaches 50-60 buffalos annually, while the birth rate is only 10-20 calves leading to the decrease in albino buffalo population. (more ...)

Practical Method to Stimulate Longan Flowering

(hms/Jan 10, 2011)

LengkengFlowering stimulation of longan plants can be done by physical treatments such as pruning, branch bending, and ringing, while non-physical treatments can be done by administering micro minerals or hormones. The results of studies carried out by Yulianto and Joko Susilo, researchers at Central Java AIAT; show that simultaneous flowering obtained by branch bending can be recommended to longan production centers both in lowland and upland. (more ...)

DEORUB, Liquid Smoke for Reducing Bad Smell in Rubber

(hms/Jan 10, 2011)

DEORUBGenerally, rubber farmers in Indonesia still used frozen materials like vinegar TSP and alum that can damage the rubber quality. In addition to damaged quality, these also produce very bad smell that disturbs the community around the sites where farmers process latex. Since the invention of Deorub K liquid smoke, a frozen material resulting from the formulation of a phenol compound, this can prevent and kill the bacterial growth and also functions as an antioxidant. (more ...)

Kenaf, Fiber Plant with Potency to Support Automotive Industry

(hms/Jan 04, 2011)

The tropical climate owned by Indonesia makes it possible for kenaf to grow in all seasons. No wonder that several Japanese automotive companies intend to make Indonesia as the producer of kenaf fiber. One of the Japanese companies is the first automotive company in the world that uses kenaf for the interior of luxurious cars. (more ...)

Ending the Year 2010 by Inaugurating Three Research Professors

(hms/Dec 31, 2010)

The Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) closed the year 2010 by inaugurating its three senior researchers as a Research Professor. They who were inaugurated on Desember 30, 2010 at Auditorium II Agriculture Research Campus-Cimanggu, Bogor are Prof. Dr. Zainal Lamid, M.Sc.; Prof. Dr. Ir. I Wayan Rusastra, M.S.; dan Prof. Dr. Ir. Ismeth Inounu, M.S. This made the amount of Research Professor that the Ministry of Agriculture has are 86 people. (more ...)

Land Ownership, Farm Management and Priority for The Target of Technology Transfer

(adm/Mar 28, 2010)

Research on the status of land ownership and farm management of wetland rice farming was carried out in six districts of rice producing areas, two districts in each of the three provinces in Java, namely West Java, Central Java, and East Java in 2009. Typical land holding for rice farmers in each district is very small, 0.3 ha, except in Karawang and Subang, West Java, land holding is one ha per farmer, or larger. The tendency for farmers having less than one ha of land in Karawang and Subang is to sell their land to the richer farmers, due to the meager income obtained from a such small land area. In Central and East Java, around 25% of the total farmers who have small land area tend to transfer the farm management to the shared-cropper who do not have land, while the land owners take various non-farm jobs. In West Java, farmers who have a large land assign a small area, of around 0.4 ha, to the shared cropper in order that the shared cropper faithfully help the farm works of the land owners. High number of landless farmers and high percentage of farms of less than 0.5 ha has tended to increase the proportion of shared-cropping system. (more ...)

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