This Agricultural Expert Conveys the Importance of Technology for Horticulture

Seeing from the characteristics of vegetables and fruits in Indonesia that are perishable and easy to shrink, thus in keeping the freshness and quality of the harvest, post-harvest technology must be developed. Not only that, the processing of horticulture commodities had to be considered in the downstream value chain.

The development of an efficient technology must be carried out from the time of harvest, post-harvest, processing, storage, sorting, packaging, and others. In the context of storage (inventory), "Controlled Atmosphere Storage" technology needs to be developed.

This was conveyed by the Dean of Vocational School (SV) Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Dr. Ir. Arief Daryanto, DipAgEc, MEc when he became the speaker in a workshop that is themed “Improving Market Integration for High-Value Fruit and Vegetable Production Systems in Indonesia” in Balista, Lembang, Bandung (22/11). This theme was the part of his research that got a funding from Australian Center for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) and partnered with University of Adelaide, Michigan State University, Department of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry Queensland, and Ministry of Agriculture Republic of Indonesia.

“This research’ purpose is to understand the product cycle and the changes that happen in the high-value fruit and vegetable value chain and to develop policy mechanism to fulfill the requirement that is needed by always-changing customers. After all, horticulture industry is demand-driven,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the same opportunity, Dr. Sahara, Head of Department of Economics, Faculty of Economic and Management (FEM) IPB stated that the competitiveness of horticulture industry needs to be supported by a strong seed industry. Currently, not all farmers in Indonesia use high-quality seed.

Dr. Arief Daryanto also added that the sources of growth to increase the competitiveness of horticulture seeding industry could be in the taste improvement, shelf life, productivity, plant health and resistant towards pest, disease, and drought.

On the other side, Prof. Thomas Reardon from Michigan State University also explained that the seeding industry in international level was marked by high competition. On-going company consolidation through the intensity of Merger and Acquisition and research and development cost was very high. Besides, multinational companies in the seeding industry also eager to expand the market to many countries.

Prof. Randy Stinger from Global Food and Resource Studies, University of Adelaide also talked about the dynamic in the several key agricultural commodities like chili, red onion, orange, and mango based on the survey that used panel data approach. He emphasized that the structural change that was currently happening in Indonesia’s agroindustry was caused by the external and internal pressures.

Meanwhile Prof. Stephen Harper from the Department of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry, Queensland talked about the constraints in the productivity increase effort of alliums (garlic and red onion), capsicum, and chili, and how to overcome the constraints.

After the workshop, this event will soon be followed by a discussion about “The Future of Horticulture Industry” in East West Indonesia office, Purwakarta. (CN)

Published Date : 26-Nov-2018

Resource Person : Dr. Ir. Arief Daryanto, DipAgEc, MEc

Keyword : horticulture, efficient technology, Dr. Arif Daryanto