Giving Hands to Subang Farmers, IPB University Lecturers with Climate Team Gain Appreciation from Asia-Pacific Institute
Climate team, the result of collaboration between IPB University and Subang Government gain statement of satisfactory performance from Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research on March 2021. Research team who lead by Dr. Perdinan has started this program since 2018.
“This action was a continued program from Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF) on 2016-2017 in integrating adaptation act on local policy”, said Dr. Perdinan.
This project aimed to increase the capacity of local stakeholders in Subang, Climate Team and farmers, in utilizing climate information for cropping system management. This project also involved several students from the Subang University with the hope of providing leverage on the success of the project.
“The use of climate data is carried out through the Climate Smart Action application, Saung Climate to improve agricultural management”, he said.
IPB University lecturer from the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences said that the term ‘Saung Climate’ is basically a place for people to learn about the use of climate information in supporting agricultural activities.
Agricultural Development Agency was appointed through a Regent Decree to improve services for utilizing climate data and information to support agricultural practices in the rice planting areas, Binong, Blanakan, Ciasem, Compreng, Legonkulon, Pabuaran, Pamanukan, Patok Beusi, Pusakagara, Pusakajaya, and Tambakdahan.
"Beside from using modules as teaching materials, this project also equipped with special website containing the output of plant simulation models, online surveys, and forums, to facilitate the delivery of information”, he added.
Aquacrop plants and Decision Support System for Agro-technology Transfer (DSSAT) were introduced through training and workshops. Aquacrop with FAO crop model is used to train the Climate Team in understanding crop water requirements. The DSSAT training aims to learn how crop models can be used for agricultural management and practices.
This project is also expected to provide alternative tools for designing appropriate climate adaptation strategies for farmers taking into account the interactions of crops, climate, and environment that will determine yield potential.
"The experimental land was created in the form of a demonstration plot, involving farmers in observing plant phenology, and advocating for farmers regarding the benefits of having a plant phenology record to understand the response of plants to different climatic environments”, he closed. (SWP/Zul)
Published Date : 29-Mar-2021
Resource Person : Dr Perdinan
Keyword : IPB University Lecturers, Climate Change, Saung Climate, Subang, Climate Team