Workshop / Socialization of Integrated Planting Calendar (KATAM) MT III 2013

In order to adaptation to the climate change, the Ministry of Agriculture has produced an Integrated Cropping Calendar (katam) that provides information early planting time based climate prediction, recommendation varieties that resistant to plant pest organisms (OPT) and balanced fertilization. Katam needs to be disseminated so that it could be adopted until to the district level.

Assessment Institute for Agricultural Technology (BPTP) NTB, Monday (24/06/2013), has held a workshop / socialization of integrated planting calendar (katam) planting season (MT) II and (MT) III in 2013, housed in the Department of Agriculture Plantation Forestry Marine and Fisheries North Lombok. The event was attended by 30 participants from related agencies : the chief of UPTD and extension coordinator at district level (BPP) of North Lombok. The event was divided into 5 sessions, session I: Opening by head of BPTP NTB Dr. Ir. Dwi Praptomo S., MS. In the opening he said that this socialization as a follow-up task of BPTP in Permentan No. 45 of 2011 about working relationship structure between technical Institutional, Research and Development, and Agricultural Extension to support P2BN.

The next matter is : 1) Integrated Katam Information of MT II and MT III 2013, North Lombok, 2) Updating integrated Katam of MT II and MT III 2013 North Lombok, 3) Target paddy and crops planting area MT II and MT III per district of North Lombok, 4) Recommendations of rice varieties and fertilizer.

Socialization of planting calendar for West Lombok, Central Lombok and East Lombok have implemented first, in order to the policy makers, extension workers, farmers, and other innovations users can adapt to the climate change. The presence of integrated planting calendar for each district expected could be used by farmers to determine the best planting time and determine the suitable varieties and proper fertilization doses.

According to Dr. H. Ahmad Suriadi, the BPTP NTB researchers as the responsible of Katam socialization, said that shifting rainfall patterns threaten the achievement of food self-sufficiency. Planting calendar map is a map that provides spatial and tabular information about early planting, cropping patterns, potential of planting area and recommendation of crops technology in paddy fields based on variability, climate change and soil properties. Katam related to seed, fertilizer, and plant pest diseases control. Katam socialization and the discussion were run well, there was two-way interaction between the participants and the sources. (Source : Farida Sukmawati Mayang; Translated by : Fitrahtunnisa)



Monitoring the Pest Attack of Rice in West Lombok

Monitoring of pest attack is a routine activity that very important and should be carried out during the rice cultivation to see the type and level of attacks so that the control could be done on time and on target to prevents the spread of pests and diseases more widely because it can affect the outcome. Monitoring of pest was done on Tuesday (11/06/2013) by Lalu Wirajaswadi, M.Ed, Ir. M. Zairin, M.Si, Sabar Untung, SP, Yuliana Susanti, SP and Eka Widiastuti, SP due to there is report from farmers in Plulan village, Kuripan - West Lombok. This location is the center of rice development activities of UPBS BPTP NTB that would be used as seed and distributed to farmers. Varieties developed were Inpari 7, Inpari 10, Inpari 11, Inpari 13, Inpari 18, Inpari 19 and Inpari 21.

After observations on the leaves, stems and roots of plants, found that there is leaf blast disease characterized by yellow spotting with rhombus shape to elongate with the white-black spots of edge that very clear. This disease affects nearly all varieties except Inpari 13. Besides blast attack also found white pest fake, bacterial leaf blight and tungro but still in mild intensity compared with blast attacks. Blast caused by the fungus attacks because of the high levels of humidity due to the rainfall. While the Inpari 13 indicated poisoned of Fe (iron) so that the leaves have the yellow colour with the rust streaks. The recommended control is to increase the pH of the soil through N fertilization.

Further observations forwarded to Sigerongan village on land owned by H. Saiful which is one of the assisted farmers of UPBS BPTP NTB. In this location found the tungro attacks on Mekongga varieties and the hidrilla fly attack on Situbagendit varieties with relatively small attack.

The lack of farmers knowledge about pest attack and type of control to be done causing the event was very meaningful and eagerly awaited by farmers. In the future this activity should be done more regularly and continuously in order to early prevent and reduce the level of pests and diseases. (Source : Eka Widiastuti & Yuliana Susanti) (Translated by : Fitrahtunnisa)



Utilization Family Medicinal Plant (Toga) In the Yard of Polda NTB

Housed in building of Sasana Dharma Polda NTB, Tuesday (11/06/2013) held the regular meetings committee of Bhayangkari NTB. The event was attended by ± 75 members of Bhayangkari regional NTB, with the theme "Utilization of Family Medicinal Plants (TOGA) in the yard ".

 After opened by the Chairman of Bhayangkari Polda NTB (Mrs. Novita Iriawan) about the importance of health, the event continued with socialization the use of medicinal plants in the yard (toga) by Eny Fidiyawati, SP from BPTP NTB. In the occasion she was explained about the importance of toga in the yard. Early in the urban and office area such as in Polda and Bhayangkari office, the yard was planted with ornamental plants, fruits, and vegetables. Whereas medicinal plants also need to be planted in the garden because it can provide the benefits and also could be cooked for family medicine.

On the occasion, the members asked about the benefits of some plants, such as red betel, tapak darah, and mangosteen rind to treat some diseases such as bronchitis, fever, and rheumatism. According to one of the Bhayangkari administrators (Mrs. Endah Sigit) these activity implemented in order to follow-up the existing M-KRPL activities in the PD Bhayangkari NTB. Because of many complaints about emerging of diseases, the committee try to facilitate the members in order to use and utilize the Toga plants from the yard for their health. In the future, BPTP NTB will provide processing training of crops from their yard such as vegetables, fruits and toga, because the yard plant results of each member too much for their families need.  (Source : Eni Fidiyawati) (Translated by : Fitrahtunnisa)



Coordination of SL-PTT (Rice, Maize, and Soybeans) in BPTP NTB

Coordination meetings of SL-PTT (rice, maize, and soybeans) implemented in BPTP NTB, Wednesday (05/6/2013). The meeting was attended by responsible of SL-PTT, detasir and LO of ten districts/cities in NTB province. SL-PTT coordination meetings was aimed to evaluate the activities that have been conducted, and the problems encountered in the field, as well as the solving problem. The meeting was chaired by head of BPTP NTB Dr. Ir. Dwi Praptomo S., MS, followed by the direction of the responsible of the rice SLPTT activities (Lalu Wirajaswadi, M.Ed). In his speech delivered to reminiscing about Permentan no. 45 in 2011, which became the basis of SL-PTT activities, including: designing and providing seeds for display/ varieties adaptation test as well as recommending the use of high yielding varieties location specific, oversee the implementation of specific location technologies and planting calendar application, be a resource person for training of field guides SL-PTT, distribute publication in the form of reading material, identify problems and provide troubleshooting advice in the application of technology.


In addition, the source also stressed about cooperation with various parties in the SL-PTT activities to achieve success targets of the the Ministry of Agriculture (surplus 10 million tonnes of rice in 2014). The meeting continued with development of SL-PTT reports (goals and constraints) encountered in the field of each detasir and LO, as well as determining the location for the PTT demonstration plot (demplot) and VUB display. Rice VUB used were Inpari 15, 16, 18, and 19. The meeting continued with reporting goals and constraints as well as the determination of the location and time for PTT demplot and VUB display for the soybeans SL-PTT which guided by H. Noor Inggah and followed by responsible for the maize SL-PTT (Bq. Tri Ratna Erawati, SP, M.Sc). There are two types for maize SL-PTT, namely maize hybrids with VUB Bima 3, Bima 4, Bima 14, and URI 1, while for maize composites used VUB Sukmaraga, Bisma, Lamuru, and Gumarang (super early maturing.) One of the head of BPTP NTB hopes, by these coordination meeting can improve the spirit and communication between the responsible, LO, and detasir, so that can make the SL-PTT program in NTB successful. (Source : Eni Fidiyawati; Translated by : Fitrahtunnisa).



Acceleration Planting Rice in Sumbawa

In order to increase rice production, located in Gapoktan Kokar Maras Leseng village, Moyohulu-Sumbawa regency, West Nusa Tenggara, on Tuesday (05/6/2013) conducted accelerated movement of rice planting. Present at the ceremony were Vice Regent of Sumbawa, Directorat General of Food Crops, Danrem 162, Department of Agriculture NTB Province, Department of Agriculture Sumbawa regency, Bapeluh Sumbawa regency, BPTP NTB, field extension, and farmer group in Sumbawa.

The event begins with a ceremonial planting rice by Vice Regent, Director General of Food Crops, Danrem, and the Department of Agriculture West Nusa Tenggara. In his speech, the Head of Department of Agriculture represented by Ir. H. Budi Subagyo, MM, stressing that rice, maize, and soybean commodities still be the backbone of food security in West Nusa Tenggara. Paddy production of NTB in 2012 about 2.114.231 tonnes, 642.674 tonnes of maize or realized respectively 100,4% for rice and 135,24% for maize. In 2012, Sumbawa regency is the most substantial contribution to the production of maize in NTB. The efforts to increase production of food crops continue to be done to maintain food self-sufficiency in the province, one of the efforts is to socializing farming technology such as SLPTT activity. Prediction of BPS NTB, the rice and maize production in 2013 declined, one of the efforts to prevent the decline in food production especially rice and maize crops are accelerated planting simultaneously, and build partnerships with the military and police as it was being implemented at this time.

While Vice Regent of Sumabawa, Drs. Arassy Mulkan in his speech stressed that farmers should be able to enjoy the right price, and in order to avoid price fluctuation, Bulog should be alert and understand the situation in his working area. Rice production of Sumbawa amount 460.000 tons. Commodity donations of Sumbawa regency to NTB rice by 40%, or about 186.000 tons GKG. Sumbawa donations to NTB could be increased to 50% when there is planting acceleration, using of water and the use of technology such as the seedlings outside of land. We must create a zone, how many that could be planted by rice and maize. Limited supply of fertilizer is very disturbing increase of production. Fertilizer subsidies is very necessary to be added in its quota, because it is more strategic compared with the seed subsidy, because the seeds could be provided by the own farmers.

In the speech of Director General of Food Crops, represented Ir. Warsito Hadi said that the rice is very strategic commodity. Developed countries already investing outside of the country for their food security. Currently there were 4 ways to increase rice production in Indonesia, namely increased productivity, expansion of planting areas, reduction of rice consumption, and management improvement. Simultaneous acceleration of planting movement which is doing is one model of farm management improvement. By understanding in agriculture by Vice Regent of Sumbawa, Sumbawa will playing a greater role in food security in NTB.

The event ended with a dialogue meeting guided by head of BPTP NTB, Dr. Dwi Praptomo S, MS. Some of problems asked in the discussion is the provision of fertilizers, improved farm infrastructure, capacity building of extension, and improvement of crop cultivation technology. All questions responded by the sources with satisfactory answer. (Sources : Sabar Untung) (Translated by : Fitrahtunnisa)


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