Portaltiga.com: PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) XI one SOE (State Owned Enterprises) owned by the Indonesian government is continuing to develop varieties of sugarcane-based Biotechnology. Because, with agriculture on the basis of plant biotechnology will produce quality and environmentally friendly.
Head of Research PTPN XI, Nurmalasari Darsono, said the use of biotechnology in the development of sugar cane products proven to deliver improved results both in terms of production, as well as farmers’ income.
“From the production of genetically modified seed products we, the average crystal can be increased by approximately 20%, and revenue per hectare increased by about USD 11.4 million. PTPN XI own research and development of drought-resistant varieties of sugar cane in the company’s land area of 60 ha. “He told reporters on the sidelines Socialization of Agricultural Biotechnology, at the Crown Prince Hotel in Surabaya on Wednesday (01.27.16).
He explained that the results of agricultural biotechnology are many benefits derived from sugar cane industry, and during this time PTPN XI has produced bagasse can be used for paper, fluids, and for pharmaceuticals. “In addition to drought resistant sugarcane, PTPN XI itself is now also continue to develop superior varieties such as sugarcane with high yield.” Says Nurmalasari.
Meanwhile, researchers from the University of Jember, Prof. Bambang Sugiharto added, the need for biotechnology products it will continue to grow as changing times. If now we still focus on improving productivity and quality of the sugar, then later if self-sufficiency has been met then we will shift the focus on the development of sugarcane that could maximize the derivative of sugar cane such as bioethanol, paper or even furniture, so we would need a cane fiber much and either separately produce it all.
“At present, the development of biotechnology products in Indonesia is still hampered by the permission of the relevant ministries. As happened in the drought-resistant sugarcane, just waiting for permission from the Ministry of Agriculture feed safety. Now we had pocketed Environmental Security certificate from the Ministry of Environment and Food Safety certificate from BPOM. We are just waiting for feed safety certificate in order bibt this cane can be released to the farmers, “he said.
On the other hand, researchers from the Research Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources (BB Biogen), Prof Muhammad Herman, said in the next few years the world faced with the growth of population increased sharply, while the food supply is hampered production increases were not significant.
Superior agricultural products, said Prof.Muhammad Herman, a footstool dikala agricultural land continues to narrow. Currently growing in the world is the use of the products of biotechnology in agriculture.
He explained that the countries that have used the product of genetic engineering or biotechnology to boost agricultural output continues to grow. When introduced in 1996, only 6 countries planting biotech products. The total area planted was just a total area of 1.7 hectares. At the end of 2014, the number has doubled, from growers growing number of countries to 28 countries, became a land area 181.5 million ha.
Prof.Muhammad Herman explained, the growth of the amount of land planted biotechnology-based products have also helped increase the economic benefits for farmers in both the developed and developing countries. Recorded during the 1996-2012 period based on the income of farmers in agricultural biotechnology reach
US $ 116.9 billion. In 2012 alone, profits for farmers in developing countries reached US $ 8.6 billion and US $ 10.1 billion for developed countries.
“This proves that biotechnology products can provide financial benefits for farmers, in addition to increasing the productivity of agricultural products.” Said Herman. (Trishna)