Rice Demonstration Plots: a Collaboration between Pupuk Indonesia and Indmira

February 17, 2017 - News

The independence of a country lies on her food independence. To achieve that independence, Indonesia has to be able to self provide all staple crops. Rice, the main staple in the country, is a very important commodity to be developed to achieve and maintain food independence.

PT Indmira has been actively participating and contributing for this cause. As a company in the agrocomplex bbusiness Indmira focuses on agricultural technologies using organic fertilizers. In a collaboration with Pupuk Indonesia and Pati Regency government, in Central Java, we had a trial on several demonstration plots using balanced fertilizer. The results of this collaboration were harvested on Thursday, 8 December 2016.

Pati was chosen as one of the sites because it has 104.158 Ha of agricultural land. This shows that farming is still a significant economic contributor in this area.

The trial site was located in Bakalan village, Dukuhseti sub-district, Pati regency, with an approximate total area of 4700 m2. There were three treatment plots: plot A was a control, plot B was treated with solid and liquid organic fertilizers, and plot C was treated with liquid fertilizer only. The project started on 7 September and, with the assumption of 96 day growing period, ended on 9 December 2016. Plot A was harvested 15 days earlier than the others.

Planting and maintaining were performed by the local farmers’ association Ngudi Santoso IV Desa Bakalan. The variety of rice used was called Mekongga. This variety is known to be superior because it is resistant to brown leaf hoppers and leaf bacterial infestation, significant pests in rice cultivation. The plants reach 91-106 cm in maturity, grains have yellow husks, and pleasant texture when cooked.

The harvest was started with a traditional ceremony, which is called wiwitan and was attended by several Pati Regency government officials. Pupuk Indonesia director, representatives from Indmira as well as from Pupuk Sriwijaya were also in attendance. A mass prayer was performed to give thanks for this year’s bounty. The honored guests made a symbolic harvest, which was followed by the farmers for the rest of the process.

Tile sampling was randomly performed on the fields to obtain the yield of harvest per hectare for each treatment. The results were as followed: A yielded 8,6 tons/Ha, B yielded 11,2 tons/Ha, and C yielded 8,7 tons/Ha.

The results showed that using the combination of solid and liquid organic fertilizers significantly yielded the best result. It showed that nutrition needs for optimal rice growing were met.

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