IPB Rector Visited Pinrang, South Sulawesi, for IPB3S Rice Harvest

Agricultural mainstreaming program proclaimed by Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) continues to be echoed throughout the country. IPB is ready to answer the challenge of the government to reach self-sufficiency in food production in the near future as the country has the resources to do so.  

One of the recent program planned by IPB related to the Agricultural mainstreaming program was the IPB3S rice harvest in Pinrang District, South Sulawesi. Present on this special occasion were IPB Rector, Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, Vice Regent of Pinrang Regency, Muhammad Darwis Bastaman, the Head of  Agriculture Agency Tjalo Parekang, as well as heads of services in Pinrang District.

Rector was accompanied by the Head of Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) of IPB, Dr Prastowo; Head of Rector's Secretariat, Dr. Yonvitner; Head of IPB 3S Rice Development Program,  Prof. Dr. Memen Surahman; and Dr. Chandra Budiman and Dr. Abdul Qodir from Seed Center of IPB.

In this harvest, the production ubinan (field experiments technique of 10.000 m2 : 6,25 m2) reached 8.9 tons per hectare. Its production can reach 12 tons per hectare, if 27 cm Plant spacing is compacted into 20 cm.

Overall, IPB 3S rice  had been cultivated in 8 hectares of field experiments distributed in the  three districts.  Those IPB 3S rice  were ready to be harvested and will be prepared for the rice seeds. Pinrang Regency planned to prepare 400 hectares field for IPB 3S rice  cultivation, the program is carried out in the context of the seed independence program. This program will be the district model as the Seed Center.

In addition, Rector of IPB expected that Pinrang will be a model for seed development, direct market model, including BUMD (Regionally-Owned Enterprises) model that will directly link farmers with rice consumers.

During which Prof. Memen Surahman reported the activities of IPB in Pinrang Regency. "Of the eight hectares harvested fields, three hectares will be for seeds production and five hectares will be earmarked for consumption as the initial stage of IPB 3S rice recognition to consumers. Pinrang will be used as a model for IPB 3S rice Seeds Producer. The initial three hectares of IPB 3S rice seeds will be expanded into 400 hectares for Seed dispersal, "he said.

On this occasion the representative of farmers,  Anas Tika, stated that the newly invented species although they have few tillers, but they have more rice panicles compared to other species. In accordance with the seed independent seed program, Pinrang breeder are ready to support the program. "Farmers here know that the difference to have  15 cm planting depth. In the farmer’ records within 38 days IPB 3S rice producing spikelets, "he said.

Further, Anas explained  the strategy of to sow IPB 3S rice should be carried out  one week after the sowing of other seeds for the same time spikeleting. From his experience, the ability of seeds to resist stem borer is 1 : 3. It means three plants of other varieties have been infested, but IPB 3S will stand. So it seems that  IPB 3S rice is really varietal resistance to rice stem-borers.

Vice Regent of Pinrang, H Darwis Bastaman, stated that this is the first visit of a rector of universities present in the front of farmers in the field, especially in Sub-district of Cempa. For the community, he said, IPB is very special because of its works in agriculture.

He said further that this month Pinrang Regency will arrive at the harvest time including IPB 3S rice. Average production of rice in Pinrang is seven tons per hectare, while IPB 3S can be 8.9 tons per hectare. "The achievement made by IPB we will make Pinrang to be the independent seed district with eight seed breeder groups," he said.

Vice Regent appreciated the IPB role to accompany farmers seriously for this program since the beginning of the project,  in today Rector came to Pinrang to grace the occasion. Regent, H. Andi Aslam Patonangi, pledged to provide  400 hectares of fields for for rice seeds in Pinrang.

IPB Rector, Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, appreciated the efforts made by farmers and Pinrang Regency for the development  of IPB 3S rice. Rector reiterated that Pinrang Regency is one of the Regency committed to cooperate together to develop IPB 3S.

"Previously for the  provision of seeds we usually utilized the service of third parties, currently farmers no longer need to wait to get the seeds. Such scheme enable us to  anticipate that we no longer importing seeds. So the certainty of farming becomes more secure, "said the rector.

Furthermore, IPB Rector highlighted the enactment of the highest retail price (HET) of rice system, it has locked farmers to get low profits, because the price of grain is low. Meanwhile, rice traders gain more profit. The Rector also encouraged Pinrang Regency to design a direct market mechanism to consumers. So farmers will gain benefits to improve their welfares. Rector also invited the government to activate this model, as a profitable farming model.

The harvesting event was followed by discussions with farmers in Sikkuala village area of Cempa sub-district, the discussion was guided by Pinrang Vice Regent. On this occasion farmers submitted suggestions, probably IPB has other rice varieties for cultivation in Pinrang. Farmers in Pinrang also expected that the youths of  Pinrang will be given opportunity to pursue their  higher study in IPB. Many of them unable to pursue their higher degree program due to the cost constrains, perhaps the local government and IPB as well will provide solution for them to get their higher degree program in IPB. Furthermore, farmers also hope that the government will issue decree to recommend IPB 3S rice seeds to be the  main seeds for farmers in Pinrang. (Wied)

Published Date : 13-Sep-2017

Resource Person : Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto

Keyword : IPB Rector Visited Pinrang, South Sulawesi, for IPB3S Rice Harvest