ITS Strengthens Environmental Research with Focus on Palm Oil

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Palm Oil Fruit. Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021 / Annisatul lutfiah

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) continues to strengthen its presence in environmental research and development by focusing on the palm oil sector. As a recipient of the Grant Riset Sawit (GRS) program, the Directorate of Research and Community Service (DRPM) at ITS conducted a monitoring and evaluation (monev) session on palm oil research in the ITS Research Center hall on Tuesday (28/5).

This session was conducted in collaboration with the Research and Development Committee of the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA). Fadlilatul Taufany, Ph.D., Director of DRPM ITS, stated that the purpose of this activity was to monitor the progress of research conducted by the research team.

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“This is about to reinforce, develop, and escalate plantation development and also palm oil industries nationally,” he said, as quoted from the official page of ITS, Wednesday (29/5/2024).

Taufany also mentioned that it was the first monev directly conducted by PFMA with the goal, to make sure that there had been available research with regulated standards. “If there would be issues, it is hoped to be improved and told to the research team in the evaluation,” he said.

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Erwin Widodo, one chairman of the research team in post – harvest and process, said that by the program, the research and ITS developed would significantly deliver impacts for Indonesia. “The program would take research progress that for all these years, the research was only in campus. We even took it to national scale – level,” the lecturer called Eru, said.

By proposing egrek digital innovation, the lecturer in Industry and System Engineer Department of ITS hoped that the research would be really useful for the people. He thought, the innovation should not stop on documents or article only but also be realized for the people. “After the people get the benefits in Indonesia, we hope the innovation would be massively produced to export activity,” he said.

In 2023, ITS successfully be the institution that got grant of GRS the most in Indonesia. The achievement might have something to do with the support from DRPM ITS that delivered spirits for every researcher to get research grant from the external party. “The cooperation has been running since 2018 and we would maintain it well so that the researchers in ITS would have the high spirit to keep innovating,” Taufany said. (T2)

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