News » ICRR Invites Private Company to Develop Hybrid Paddy

(adm/Apr 24, 2009)
The development of hybrid paddy is expected to be capable of providing a real contribution to the increase of the national rice production, thus sustainable self sufficient rice can be achieved. Such was the welcome speech delivered by the Director General of IAARD, Dr. Gatot Irianto, at the signing of MOU between Indonesian Centre for Rice Research (ICRR) and PT. DuPont Indonesia, in Jakarta on 16 March 2009. 

The development of hybrid paddy is expected to be able to provide a real support to the increase of the national rice production, thus sustainable self sufficient rice can be achieved. Such was the welcome speech delivered by the Head of IAARD, Dr. Gatot Irianto, at the signing of MOU between the Indonesian Centre for Rice Research and PT. DuPont Indonesia, in Jakarta on 16 March 2009. 

IAARD, especially ICRR, has carried out a number of synergic collaborations to develop the hybrid paddy in Indonesia. In 2007 PT. DuPont Indonesia, one of multi national companies conducting seed productions, licensed one of the Maro varieties the assembling production of ICRR. From the development of hybrid paddy of Maro varieties in a land area of 133. 8 ha, 2.7 tons of Maro seeds were sold, thus providing a royalty of Rp. 4.7 Billion for ICRR. Based on this achievement, IAARD undoubtedly appealed to PT. DuPont Indonesia as one of its partners in studying and developing hybrid paddy in Indonesia. 

In the MOU Dr. Hasil Sembiring, the Head of ICRR explained that this collaboration is not the same as the 2007 one. This one requires further involvements of the private company in Multi Location Tests (MLT). PT. DuPont Indonesia will carry out MTL for 14 lines of prospective hybrid paddies, i.e. one stage before it is decided as a hybrid paddy variety.

In this year, ICRR has also carried out pioneering collaborations for the research and development of hybrid paddies with the East Java Regional Government, PT. Saprotan Benih Utama, PT. Pertani, and PT. Sang Hyang Seri. The collaborations not only involved the local ones but also foreign partners as research collaborations with Metahelix Life Science based in India and Advanta International in Australia. 

At the present, ICRR still possesses 60 lines of hybrid paddy in the Further Production Test Stage (FPTS) and more than 300 potential lines at the Preliminary Production Test Stage (PPTS). IAARD, in this case ICRR, is optimistic that hybrid paddies will rapidly develop and will be able to provide a real share to the increase of the national rice production. Therefore, IAARD supports and appreciates the research collaboration with PT. DuPont Indonesia and expects that this collaboration will provide a real contribution to the increase of the national rice production and has a positive impact in supporting the long-lasting self sufficiency for the Indonesian nation.