[unpad.ac.id, 25/9/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran supported the development of sweet potato varieties in West Java, specifically Bandung and Sumedang Regency. The support was implemented through efforts of the development of new varieties and cultivation technologies as well as training preparation and digital marketing mentoring to farmers.
This was revealed in a Focus Group Discussion related to technical guidance and sweet potato development that was held at the Padjadjaran Science and Technology Building, Jatinangor, Tuesday (24/9).
Unpad sweet potato research team itself had produced new preeminent varieties of sweet potato that have received a certificate of registration of varieties with the names “Biang” and “Mancrang”. The Biang variety is believed to have high anthocyanin and sweetness, meanwhile, the Mencrang variety has high beta-carotene and sweetness.
“These varieties are currently in the process of multilocation testing in sweet potato central production, which is in Sumedang, Garut, and Bandung Regency,” said sweet potato researcher of Unpad Faculty of Agriculture Dr. Agung Karuniawan in a release received by Office of Public Communication Unpad.
The FGD was opened by Vice-Rector for Research, Community Engagement, Cooperation, and Academic Corporate Unpad Dr. Keri Lestari, S.Si., M.Si., Apt. In her opening speech, Dr. Keri was very supportive of the sweet potato development. She was also encouraged the government, academics, and the community to use Padjadjaran Science and Technology Area as a medium for collaboration.
The event was attended by the Head of Food Crops Division of the Bandung Regency Agriculture Office, representatives of the West Java Province Food Crops and Horticulture Office, West Java Province Food and Horticultural Seed Development and Certification Center (BPSBTPH), Head of the West Java Province Agricultural Technology Assessment Center (BPTP) , RISPRO LPDP DRPMI Unpad Team, Unpad Faculty of Agriculture Dean, Unpad Postgraduate School Dean, Unpad Sweet Potato Researcher Teaching Team, Oorange Team (Unpad Business Incubator), PT. Bimandiri Agro Sedaya, as well as sweet potato farmers in Bandung Regency.
The event discussed preeminent varieties that are adaptive and have economic value in Bandung Regency, information from business actors, and plans for the follow-up and transfer of Unpad research technology.
According to Head of Food Crops Division of the Bandung Regency Agriculture Office Ir. Ina Dewi Kania, MP., the potential for developing sweet potatoes in Bandung Regency was still very wide open. The main problems in the development of sweet potatoes in Bandung Regency include the absence of suitable land mapping planting or sites, average productivity decreases, plant pest organisms, cultivation technologies and maintenance that still do not meet operational standard procedures, and seed sources that are still difficult.
The development of local varieties in Bandung Regency is expected to improve the welfare of farmers.*
Translated by Agnes Johana Reysca
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