The First Harvest of Butternut Squash and Edamame Soybean by Farmers Educated and Guided by IPB
Direktorat Kajian Strategis dan Kebijakan Pertanian (KSKP Directorate of Strategic Studies and Agricultural Policy) of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB Bogor Agricultural University) in cooperation with the Forum Petani Butternut Squash Indonesia (FPBSI Farmers Forum Butternut Squash Indonesia) developed a model or demonstration farm " Pemanfaatan Lahan Produktif dengan Produk Pertanian yang Bernilai Tinggi = The Utilization of Productive Lands by Planting High-Value Agricultural Crops". The first harvest was carried out on Friday, 28 January 2017, in Cipandawa village, Pacet District, Cianjur Regency.
The Chief of the Organizing Committee who is also Kasubdit (sub-head) for Assessment and Program of Action of KSKP IPB, Mr. Handian Purwawangsa, S.Hut, M.Si, said that the objectives of the program are to increase land productivity, farmers' income, and to support food sovereignty program of the Indonesian government. In addition, this cooperative program is also intended to introduce soybean species “edamame”, and pumpkin “butternut squash” to local farmers as high economic food crops. "IPB will act as a companion and educators, both for technical and marketing assistance," he said.
He said the type of business model has been developed is the cultivation of tiana and jeklin species of butternut squash, and edamame soy which is originally from Japan. The activities had been carried out in the farmers’ lands who are members of Farmers Group “Insan Budi Teladan”, with two thousand square meters lands.
Butternut squash is large and pear-shaped with a golden-brown to yellow skin. The flesh is really hard when it is raw but it turns soft and sweet when it is cooked. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has tan-yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp with a compartment of seeds in the bottom. It can be roasted, pureed, mashed or used in soups or casseroles or a variety of snacks such as bakpia, cakes or pastries. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like butternut squash decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
The Director of KSKP IPB, Dr. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, said that KSKP IPB planned to organize care for farming movement. " There are several business opportunities available in the agricultural industry if they are professionally well-managed," he said.
FPBSI Chairman, Mr. Reza Ali Akbar, said that the development farm model is to promote and encourage farmers to cultivate edamame soybeans and butternut squash. The newly introduced species will give them alternative agricultural commodities, to enable farmers generate additional income for their previous food crops such rice they cultivated, "said the student of 47th batch of the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture of the Faculty of Agriculture of IPB.
Also present at this first harvest in Cipandawa Village, the village Head, Head of KSKP IPB, Dr. Abdjad Asih Nawangsih, and farmers. In this occasion the OC also held Focus Group Discussion (FGD), which discusses the sustainability of the partnership to a better direction. (Wied)
Published Date : 02-Feb-2017
Subject : Dr. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, Handian Purwawangsa, S.Hut, M.Si,
Keyword : The First Harvest of Butternut Squash and Edamame Soybean by Farmers Educated and Guided by IPB