Science of Pest Control and Plant Diseases IPB University Become Trendsetter in Indonesia

One of the problems of agriculture is the uncontrolled attack of pests and diseases on crops. Pests and crop diseases are considered as the main problems in the agricultural production system in Indonesia that can cause yield loss of up to 30 percent per year. Therefore, efforts are needed to control pests and diseases so as not to have a detrimental impact on crop yields both in quality and quantity. The effort began by establishing a qualified Human Resources (HR) with integrity to be able to contribute comprehensive knowledge in the handling of pests and plant diseases.

Department of Plant Protection or commonly abbreviated as PTN, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University has been established since 1950 under the name of Entomology-Phytopathology Division. Name change to "Department of Plant protection" since 2005.

Department of Plant Protection became trendsetter and also a reference related to the science of pests and plant diseases in Indonesia. The department has obtained various competition grant programs to improve the quality of education. Namely improving the quality of postgraduate programs through the Project University Research Graduate Education (URGE) in 1997 – 2000, improving the quality of undergraduate programs with Project Quality Undergraduate Education (QUE) in 2000 – 2003, and improving the quality and relevance to healthy, autonomous, accountable universities, and contributing to the nation's competitiveness through the B Competition Grant Program in 2005 – 2007.

"The Department of Plant Protection has the advantage as a trendsetter and a reference to the science of pests and plant diseases. The publications we produce have always been a national reference. Existence will always be needed as long as the farm is there," said Dr Ali Nurmansyah, Head of Plant protection Department

In his explanation, Dr Ali conveyed the statistics of graduates of the Bachelor of Plant Protection Study Program and its role in society. Percentage is agrochemical companies both national and multi-national (40 percent), civil servants (20 percent), state-owned enterprises (13 percent), entrepreneurs (13 percent), and others such as teachers, Social Institutions (NGOs), and so on (14 percent).

The quality of graduates presented by the Plant Protection Program is supported by the quality of lecturers as well as the system of education services and complete facilities. The Department of Plant protection has 37 lecturers consisting of 3 professors, 29 doctors, and 8 masters.

"By certification, we have been accredited A since 1998. In 2013 - 2017 has been awarded international accreditation from the Asean University Network - Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) and is currently awaiting assessment by the international accreditation institute ASIIN," added Dr Ali.

The Department of Plant Protection is highly committed to engage in agricultural education by conducting teaching, research, training and community service such as services to farmers and the community through the Plant Clinic with its clinical car.

Currently, the Department of Plant Protection offers two educational programs, namely undergraduate and post-graduate programs for masters and doctorates.

Plant Protection Study Program students are trained to have skills and knowledge in pest control and plant diseases so as to provide and conceptualize a recommendation in solving various problems of pests and plant diseases, lead and design an applied research in the field of plant protection.

"The great goal for the Department of Plant Protection is more undergraduate graduates working at the international level, graduates who are literate in the latest technology (information technology, internet of things, drones and others). Researches in PTN can be aligned with technological advances (Technology 4.0) so as to facilitate farmers' affairs in controlling pests and diseases of plants that are environmentally friendly," concluded Dr Ali. (SMH/Zul)

Published Date : 25-Mar-2021

Resource Person : Dr Ali Nurmansyah

Keyword : PTN, Plant Protection, Trendsetters, IPB University