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Workshop on development of field laboratory for agricultural innovation, IAARD 2015-06-15

Agriculture development in the border areas of RI-RDTL is important to support food security and development of border areas. Strong support comes from inter-sectors synergy of stakeholders, research institute and university.

Results of workshop on development of field laboratory for agricultural innovation, IAARD 2015 in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara were:

Policy aspect

Authority of irrigation network management refers to Kepmen PU no 309 year 2007. There are 37 irrigation network areas under the authority of Belu regency, three areas under provincial authority and one area under central government with conditional of 100-1000 ha is regency authority, 1000-3000 is provincial authority and 3000 ha central authority.

Some obstacles face on the field were: a) irrigation canal is covered with sediment, however local community does not have initiative to maintain the canal, b) irrigation canal fill with waste, c) poor optimization of irrigation water, d)technical coordination has not been routine yet, e)insufficient funding, need special treatment for border areas, f) incomprehensive plan. Solutions offered were: a) periodical monitor and coordination with field staff followed by written report, and b) coordination with regional government to address issues on irrigation canal.

Development of incorporated Koperasi is aimed to improve role of economy and asset security. Koperasi accommodates the needs of farmers groups, especially for farming inputs and marketing produces. Improvement of economic growth in border areas is facilitated by incorporated Koperasi.

Technical aspect

  1. Agricultural development of UPSUS in Belu regency is fully supported by Kodim 1605.
  2. The main activity is to control distribution of agriculture sarpran and input to ensure there is no misconduct.
  3. Coordination with all stakeholders to improve irrigation management.
  4. Education and technical training are given to Babinsa to enhance their knowledge and competence
  5. Activities of field laboratory development is centralize in Tohe and Lakmasanulu, which was a follow up of survey by Research Professor and also a recommendation to develop field laboratory in Atambua.
  6. Among the food crops cultivated are maize, rice and soy bean, and cattle of cow, goat and chicken.
  7. Obstacles faced are limited good quality seed, inappropriate varieties choice, micro nutrient deficiency, pest and disease, and non-technical obstacle such as unskilled farmers on advance agricultural technologies.
  8. Solutions offered are optimization of agricultural field during no planting season by planting food crops using irrigation water.
  9. Agricultural extension institutes are recommended for center of coordination and planning of extentionists.
  10. Training for extentionists is routinely and gradually conducted according to the need by sending the extentionist to Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (ICATAD) and other training programs.

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