News » Cooperation Between IAARD and Pakpak Bharat District

(hms/Dec 16, 2011)

JAKARTA – The Indonesian Agency for Agriculture Research and Development (IAARD) together with Pakpak Bharat District signed MoU on ‘Innovation Technology Support to Develop Agriculture in Pakpak Bharat District’, Friday (12/16/2011) at IAARD Auditorium, Jakarta.

The MoU is aimed to introduce and implement the IAARD technologies for agribusiness development in Pakpak Bharat District, which is one of the districts in North Sumatera which is an expansion of Dairi District. As a relatively new district, Pakpak Bharat has potentials on community economic enhancement that is wide open considering that almost 100% of its households are farmers and has potential commodities to be developed as prime commodity at Pakpak Bharat, i.e. gambir, patchouli, coffee, and pineapple also livestock.

The cooperation scope that being done are Demfarm cultivation technology implementation ranging from pre-to post-harvest for gambir, patchouli, coffee, and pineapple commodities also the implementation on rabbit and buras chicken breeding technology. Besides that in the form of accelerating the use and development of prime seed.

As the institution that produces agriculture technology, IAARD welcomed the opportunity by making Pakpak Bharat as field laboratory of IAARD to develop various commodities in the district.

 “It’s an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the technology generated by IAARD,” said the Director General of IAARD, Dr. Haryono in his speech. The DG added, “Pakpak Bharat we expect to be a district that agriculture technology adoption can be significant. We would like to promote Pakpak Bharat District.”

In the same occasion the Regent for Pakpak Bharat Remigo Yolando Berutu hoped both sides can benefit greatly on the cooperation. To support the activity to run well, the district is committed to funding these activities with the planned budget for 2012 and it is also possible on the occasion of the budget 2013 will be increased proportionally to the needs in the field.

In addition, Remigo Yolando Berutu expect this kind of cooperation can be followed and carried out by the City District and has encouraged local districts of underdeveloped areas to do this kind of cooperation with the IAARD in order the public welfare can be achieved in less time.

He also invited IAARD researchers to visit and see all the potential that Bharat Pakpak has to be developed. "We are open for researchers to come and see all sorts of potential. To uncover the potential there," he said.