News » First Harvest of Bima 14 Batara and Bima 15 Sayang Maize Variety

(hms/Dec 09, 2011)

Dissemination of information during the past decades generally only focused on farmers as potential users of technology. Along with technological and political advances, dissemination of information is also growing to more variation of numbers of channels. In the concept of Multi-Channel Dissemination System (SDMC) developed by the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD), one of the targets of the dissemination of information and technology are policy makers, assuming that policy makers already have the structure of information dissemination to the province or district area therefore the information can be distributed rapidly and right on target.

 

IAARD feels the need to involve the stakeholders in developing the national maize, considering the increasing of farmer’s dependence on multinational hybrid maize such as BISI, Pioneer, Monsanto and others.

The model on IAARD’s cooperation is initiated by the singing of the development of maize cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture (IAARD) with the South Celebes Province and for the result of it, on last October 3, 2011 was released Bima 14 Batara and Bima 15 Sayang maize variety which then by the South Celebes Governor is handed to the Regents of South Celebes Province to be developed. The new varieties of maize are planned to be part of the province’s BLBU program with production target to start of 400 tons.

The seeds supplies to meet the national seed demand are among the difficulties faced. The cooperation with PT Pertani or PT Sang Hyang Seri and the empowering local breeder is expected to overcome the logistical problems of seed so that farmers can get wider opportunities to utilize the IAARD’s results. As a start in developing maize seed in South Celebes Province, the Vice Governor H. Arifin Nu’mang had the opportunity to conduct the first harvest of the related hybrid maize in the Bajeng Experimental Field owned by Indonesian Cereals Research Institute. The Vice Governor expects the cooperation can be further improved in order to meet the needs of maize seed in 2012.