IndoBIC Conducts Visit to Corn Research Stations in Malang, Indonesia
Some 24 participants from national media, farmers and representatives of government institution participated in a two-day visit of corn research stations and farms in Malang, Indonesia. The event was jointly organized by Indonesian Biotechnology Information Center (IndoBIC), the National Outstanding of Farmers Association (NOFA), and CropLife Indonesia. It aimed to provide an overview of the corn seed industry in Indonesia and to identify the major problems and issues facing farmers so that joint efforts can be used in helping them solve their problems.
The participants visited Dupont research station in Malang and had interactions with farmers in their field in Kepanjen, Malang. Participants also discussed with Mr. Winarno Tohir, chairman of the National Outstanding Farmers Association (NOFA) about the role of technology in agriculture. Mr. Tohir also discussed about the promising future of corn plantation particularly in Indonesia and the importance of seeds for the success of the agricultural sector.
Moreover, Mr. Yuana Leksana of CropLife highlighted the crop seed industry's contribution to national food production. He mentioned that according to the BPS-Statistics Indonesia data, since 2009 – 2014, corn productivity has increased the most (42%) compared to rice and soybean. The increase in productivity was influenced by production facilities, improved cultivation techniques and genetic improvement. Currently, hybrid corn seed is used in Indonesia, however biotech corn is now being developed and assessed by the Indonesia biosafety commission and is expected to be released in the near future. This technology offers benefits since it can produce high quality seeds that can be used to increase plant productivity.
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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)