InfoSAWIT, SAMARINDA -In 2017, Plantation Agency, East Kalimantan Province through Technical Unit of Pengawasan Benih Perkebunanhad certified 3,74 million seeds of plantation, including palm oil sprout in the province.
Head of Plantation Agency, East Kalimantan Province, Ujang Rachmad, accompanied by Head of Technical Unit of Pengawasan Benih Perkebunan, H. Sudihardani said, the certification process was done to guarantee the people (the planters) about the physical quality, physiology, and genetics of palm oil seed. He thought, the seed would be main and key factor to succeed the plantation business.
“Plantation seed certification, namely palm oil is important to prevent the fake seed or uncertified seed distribution that massively takes place in the society,” Ujang said as InfoSAWIT quoted from Technical Unit of Pengawasan Benih Perkebunan, East Kalimantan Province .
So he suggested, the smallholders and the stakeholders should buy the palm oil certified seeds and sprout. It is to guarantee the quality.
“The illegal seed planting would make loss in time, money, and work. Do not let the plants that have been planted and spent much money, but the production would not optimal and have no fruit for planting fake seeds.
To guarantee the quality of seeds and sprout, namely palm oil, the people should buy the seeds from the official seed producers that Ministry of Agriculture has published, and Indonesia has 15 official producers, he said.
He also described, of 3,74 million plantation seeds that had been certified, 1,41 million seeds were palm oil, 2,03 million were palm oil sprout, 55 thousandwere sugar palm sprouts, 22 thousandwere sugar palm seeds, 49 thousandwere pepper cuts, 55 thousandwere pepper seeds, 95 thousandwere rubber seeds, and 14 thousandwere clove seeds. (T2)