|Official: Secretary of Agriculture Research Development, Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Ir. Agung Hendriadi, M.Eng as signing Apple Research Development Center (19/5).|
University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) through Directorate of Research and Society Service (DPPM) developed a new invention: establishing first Apple Research Development Center in Indonesia chaired by Dr. Harun Rasyid, M.P, on Tuesday (19/5). A launching continued by Focus Group Discussion (FGD) in UMM Inn was participated by many figures: Secretary of Agriculture Research Development, Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Ir. Agung Hendriadi, M.Eng, Head of Citrus and Sub-tropical Fruit Research Center Dr. Ir. Joko Susilo Utomo, M.P, Head of East Java Agro-technology Research Center Dr. Ir. Tri Sudaryono, M.S, Head of Gapoktan Mitra Arjuna Hj. Ir. Luki Budiardi, and Director of Agrokusuma Batu Ir. Edy Antoro.
The FGD participants came from Agriculture Departments of Batu, Malang, and Pasuruan, farmer groups of Batu, Malang, and Pasuruan, Apel trader association, and Chief of Agriculture Departments from various universities: UMM, University of Tribhuwana Tunggadewi (Unitri), Islamic University of Malang (Unisma), University of Widyagama, and University of Brawijaya (UB).
“The Apple Research Development Center was established due to various problems on apple commodity development such as: quality of area, plant productivity, high-cost production, limited asset, developing industries, and the like,” said Harun Rasyid.
This program was aimed to develop apple agribusiness in terms of increasing productivity, fruit quality, and land acquisition. “Through this program, it is expected to increase better products based on International Codex. Farmers get technology diffusion in improving their land as well as organic raw materials,” he added. Besides, they could get pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest technologies.
Accordingly, the strategic planning of this program is rather comprehensive covering many aspects: agro-technology by producing effective and efficient technology for organic apples, and pest management by developing strategic management for exterminating pest.
“In terms of post-harvest aspect, it is expected to increase both quality and storability of apples. It will surely improve the marketing management so that it will provide solution for apple farming. In terms of agro-tourism, it is expected to increase visit potency. Last, in terms of promotion development, it is expected to increase consumer’s demand toward Malang tropical apples,” he ended. (zul/han/t_stu)