IPB University’s Research Center for Tropical Agriculture Develops Shallot Variety with High Productivity Rate of 20 Tons per Hectare
IPB University’s Research Center for Tropical Agriculture (PHKT) has made a successful harvest of shallots in Blitar Regency. The harvest was done at the “demfarm” location developed by PHKT with local partners through the National Research Priority Program (PRN).
The harvest was attended by the Head of the PRN Research Team, Prof MA Chozin, the Head of PKHT, Dr Awang Maharijaya, Head Villager of Sumberagung Village, Babinsa (Indonesian Territorial Army), and Mantri Tani (agricultural extension workers) of Panggungrejo District, Blitar Regency. The harvest is part of a trial and dissemination of research results enveloping the superior variety and production technology of shallots. PKHT has developed shallot “demfarm” in several locations including the Regency of Blitar (1 hectare), Tegal (0.5 hectare), Kebumen (2000 m2), and Kuningan (1 hectare).
The varieties being planted were developed by PKHT: the Tajuk variety planted in Blitar, Kebumen, and Tegal) and the SS Sakato variety planted in Kebumen and Kuningan. It is hoped that with the availability of this demfarm, there will be higher interest in the community to utilize the superior varieties developed by IPB University’s PKHT as an alternative to the shallot variety currently used.
Nur, one of the farmers whose land has been utilized as a demonstration plot, expressed his satisfaction on the productivity of the superior shallot variety developed by PKHT. He further supported his statement by adding that the production of Tajuk variety planted in his plot have reached 17-20 tons per hectare (fresh weight). Aside from its high productivity, another benefit of this variety is its low attraction for the beet armyworm (Spodoptera exigua), making pest infestation relatively low.
Published Date : 31-Jan-2022
Resource Person : Kecamatan Panggungrejo Kabupaten Blitar
Keyword : shallot, PRN, PKHT, IPB University, new variety
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