Institut Pertanian Bogor (Bogor Agricultural University – IPB University) in collaboration with Taiwan ICDF (International Cooperation and Development Fund) inaugurated Agribusiness Development Center (Pusat Pengembangan Agribisnis) in Cikarawang Village, Bogor, West Java, as a way to improve the quality of Indonesian farmers’ resources in order to penetrate local and international markets.
IPB University’s Agribusiness Development Center was established on 10 hectares land owned by IPB University, about one third of it is used for general facilities including Office, parking lot, cafeteria, and other buildings; and the rest is used for agricultural land. Facilities and experts were provided by IPB University with assistance from Taiwan Technical Mission. Taiwan provided funding about USD 300.000 for physical construction and development.
The cooperation is intended to synergize research, education, and marketing in developing modern agricultural system. IPB University Agriculture Union is expected to be Integrated Agricultural System Development Model in Indonesia. Considering Indonesia has huge potential fruit and vegetable products exports to United States and European countries.
Currently, IPB University Agricultural Union is already formed, with 100 Farmer members supplying fruit and vegetable for 43 supermarkets around Jabodetabek (Jakarta and the surrounding Bogor Depok Tangerang Bekasi).
Taiwan Technical Mission 42nd Anniversary : Taiwan Project for Indonesian Community Empowerment
Since 1976, Taiwan government has continuously assigned Agricultural Technical Teams to Indonesia. This is part of the agricultural cooperation between Indonesia and Taiwan, which is improving every year.
Head of Taiwan Government Representative in Indonesia (TETO) Amb. John C Chen said, since the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) Agricultural Engineers was assigned to Indonesia 42 years ago, various cooperation programs have been carried out. The cooperation includes Cultivation System Improvement for mushrooms, asparagus, oranges, and livestock; Horticultural crop production techniques, aquaculture techniques, irrigation systems, food processing, soil and water conservation, and agribusiness management.
Meanwhile, there are currently 18 collaborative projects, including the Bali One Village One Product (OVOP) Project, Bogor Agribusiness Project, Corporate Agriculture Improvement and Development for Bandung Area, Superior Variety Rice Development in South Sulawesi and Agricultural Pilot Area Cooperation in Karawang Area.
The Taiwan Technical Mission has also conducted more than 130 training and field trips, in which more than 20,000 people have benefited. Taiwan, John said, will continue to share techniques and experiences in agricultural management or marketing, to help increase income and agricultural output, and to improve community’s lives.
Head of the Taiwan Economic and Trade Representative Office (TETO) John Chen (third from left) with the Director of International Cooperation of the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture Mesah Tarigan (fourth from left); and Head of Taiwan Technical Team Douglas Muh (second from left) and President of Taiwan Alumni / ICDF Indonesia Arif Misbahul MBM all joining Cake cutting ceremony as the Opening Ceremony of “42 Years of Taiwan-Indonesia Agricultural Cooperation” Seminar in Jakarta, Thursday, December 6, 2018.
Taiwan ICDF International Cooperation and Development Fund established High Quality Rice Seed Breeding Center in UNHAS University is Makassar, which features store house, grinding house, and Greenhouse prototype as part of the project.
Greenhouse Prototype in this High Quality Rice Seed Breeding Development Project in UNHAS had finished construction and inaugurated. Inauguration was carried out by Ribbon-cutting Ceremony by Amb. John C Chen as the Head of Taiwan Representatives Office in Indonesia (TETO) and Dr. Hsiang Tie Yie as the Secretary General of ICDF Taiwan accompanied by UNHAS University Rector, Prof. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, MA. The Ceremony was held in Teaching Farm of Agriculture Faculty of UNHAS University.
UNHAS University Rector in her welcoming speech, conveyed that Greenhouse establishment added to enthusiasm and inspiration to UNHAS University Research teams. This cooperation implementations will be beneficial for many parts, from farmers productivity to increasing numbers of governmental exports.
TETO Head, Amb. John C Chen in his welcoming speech mentioned that thus Grant Project had entered its second year since it was inaugurated in 2018. He also mentioned that this Grant Project and Taiwan would provide funding of more than USD 1 Million (15 Billion Rupiah) for this Seed Project in UNHAS University. This Grant is expected to strengthen UNHAS University achievements as the only university outside Java island ranked in Top 10 National Best Universities.
While ICDF Taiwan Secretary General Dr. Hsiang Tie Yie pointed that the Seed Breeding Center implemented Taiwan cooperation to Indonesian Agricultural Human Resources. Taiwan has had 43 years of experience in cooperative projects in Indonesian Human Resources Development, specifically in Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries.
Speakers for this seminar is Mr. Andrew Hsia (Representative of Taiwan Economic and Trade Office), Leroy Samy Uguy, M.A., Ph.D. (Deputy Assistant of Superior Commodity Development, Economics and Business Development Section, in representation of Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (KDPT) Minister), Dr. Ir. Jamhari , M.S. (Dean of Faculty of Agriculture UGM), and Mr. Lin Yen Jen (Chairman of Taiwan Technical Mission).
The Seminar was attended by around 100 participants from various educational institutions and agencies, within or outside of UGM, Departments of Agriculture in D.I. Yogyakarta regions, S1 undergraduate/S2 S3 graduate students, Faculty of Agriculture UGM lecturers, groups from D.I. Yogyakarta Chamber of Commerce and Industry, groups from Taiwan, and management and members of ICDF/Taiwan Alumni Association
Arif Misbahul MBM, as the Chairman of Alumni Association, expected that this seminar strengthen the reciprocal relationship and create more benefit for the related parties, specifically in Agriculture sectors development to improve community’s welfare. Further, cooperation in education sector is also expected to improve, such as lecturers/students exchange and futher studies in graduate schools in notable universities in Taiwan.