Unpad Maluku Corner Assesses Problems in Declining Quality of Oranges in Tanimbar

[unpad.ac.id, 12/4/2019] The Maluku Corner Center of Excellence of Universitas Padjadjaran contributed in the effort of increasing citrus production in Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku Province. This effort is a respond to the loss of the citrus germplasm, one of the leading citrus commodities in Tanimbar.

The Maluku Corner Center of Excellence of Universitas Padjadjaran contributed in the effort of increasing citrus production in Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku Province. Seluasa orange becomes the leading citrus commodity in Tanimbar Regency. Fluctuating productivity and declining quality of oranges are a number of problems faced by farmers.*

Seluasa orange, a type of tangerine, was expected to become a leading local commodity from Tanimbar. However, this expectation is not in line with conditions in the field. Fluctuating productivity and declining quality of oranges are a number of problems faced by farmers.

At present, the Tanimbar District Government is focusing on developing oranges in two sub-districts, namely Fordata Island or the place where the oranges name originally came from, and Wermaktian. Both of these locations have a height of about 400 m above sea level and are suitable for citrus cultivation.

Facilitated by the Village Community Empowerment Office and Fordata Island Subdistrict, Tanimbar, Maluku Corner conducted counseling while at the same time examining the problem of citrus production inhibitors. This extension has begun with the invitation of the orange farmers to the Unpad campus in November 2018.

In this activity, Maluku Corner invited comparative studies to tangerine cultivators in Lembang, Indramayu, and Garut. Furthermore, Maluku Corner has conducted a brief study on Sentra Jeruk in Dewa Walerang, Fordata Subdistrict, last April 8-10.

The study found that there were two problems in the cultivation of citrus trees. The first problem is the absence of grafting seeds. Oranges are planted using seeds that do not guarantee optimal productivity.

“Another big problem is that farmers only plant and not cultivate oranges. They do not yet know that oranges need intensive care with specific cultivation technology “said Chairman of the Unpad Maluku Corner, Dr. Hinduism Reginawanti.

Next, Dr. Regina and the team have coordinated with a number of parties who can take part in the development of this orange, including certified orange seed growers at Kairatu Ambon and Balitjertro Malang.

The partners decided that the proposed citrus development documents along with the road map should be immediately drawn up and proposed to the Tanimbar Islands Regency Government and the Maluku Provincial Government. The hope is that the Seluasa Orange will begin to achieve optimal production in the next three years.*

Release: Maluku Corner Unpad
Translation: Zaki Intan Cindyagita

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