Rector of IPB University Officializes the Tefa Sorinfer Feed Innovation
IPB University’s Innovative Teaching Factory offers facilities for students and researchers to conduct practical research within agriculture to create innovations, such as the Sorinfer product. Sorinfer is a fermented forage feed which solves the issue of limited land resource among livestock farmers. The production of Sorinfer at the Teaching Factory can reach a production capacity of 20 tons per day, estimating to 3500-5000 USD of turnover each day.
IPB University commits to create a supportive atmosphere through the establishment of its “Teaching Factory”, allowing students to adapt easier into the industrial world. Rector of IPB University, Prof Arif Satria, has officialized the Teaching Factory Sorinfer of IPB University’s Faculty of Animal Science at the Unit of Education and Research in Jonggol, January 26th, 2022.
In collaboration with PT Santana Manggala Karya, the Sorinfer Teaching Factory is a state-of-the-art facility for students’ practical courses and research within agriculture, allowing students to produce feed products both mechanically and industrially. Sorinfer itself is a fermented feed product containing complete and balanced nutrients made fit to fulfill livestock animals’ nutritional needs.
Prof Luki Abdullah, the Head of the Research Team, explained that with Sorinfer, providing feed for livestock becomes easier as farmers no longer need to own a large patch of land to obtain forage. Sorinfer provides all the necessary nutrients to fulfill the needs of livestock animals. Another benefit of Sorinfer is its long storage life reaching up to three years for unopened packaging. The fermentation process involved in its production also creates an aroma which livestock are drawn to.
The production of Sorinfer at the Teaching Factory is supported by a machine designed with a production capacity of 20 tons per day. This results in an estimate of 3500-5000 USD of turnover each day. Prof Luki added that in Indonesia, complete feed is still considered rare in the feed industry and Sorinfer is even the first being produced at a university. The research for this product itself has dated back to 2016.
Dr Idat Galih Permana, the Dean of IPB University’s Faculty of Animal Science conveyed that in addition to being a source of inspiration for researchers and the industry, the Sorinfer innovation also presents a solution to the nation’s issues in feed. Sorinfer greatly helps farmers with limited land area and resources to formulate quality feed to fulfill their livestock’s nutritional necessities.
Prof Arif explained in the official event that the establishment of the Teaching Factory is part of IPB University’s program to facilitate student education, providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on competence highly needed in the market. He also relayed that IPB University aims to build the best and most modern teaching facility of its kind in Indonesia to motivate the young generations to pursue careers in the agricultural field.
The Sorinfer Teaching Factory is also opening its doors to the general public instead of exclusively just for students and teaching staff. This innovation has received funding from the Indonesian Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology within the framework of the government’s “Kedaireka” program. Subsequent to the Rector’s welcoming speech, the inauguration of the Teaching Lab pursued with the signing of the inauguration stone, ribbon cutting, and the official launch of the Sorinfer delivery trucks. The inauguration was also attended by board members of IPB University, including the Vice Rector for International Affairs, Collaboration and Alumni Relations, Prof Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, the Vice Rector of Innovation and Business, Prof Erika Budiarti Laconi, and the Head of IPB’s Institute of Research and Community Empowerment, Dr Ernan Rustiadi.
IPB University Forms New International Research Consortium for Sustainable Vegetable Oils
IPB University has collaborated with the Wageningen University and Research, the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), and Jambi University (Indonesia) to create an international research consortium for sustainable vegetable oils. One of the focuses of this consortium is to conduct a research project called the “Sustainability of Vegetable Oils to Achieving UN SDG 2030”.
IPB University is beginning the year by forming a new research consortium with the Wageningen University and Research (the Netherlands), the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), and Jambi University (Indonesia) through the Kick-Off Meeting held on January 25th. This consortium will conduct a research project called the “Sustainability of Vegetable Oils to Achieving UN SDG 2030”, supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of both Indonesia and the Netherlands. This Kick-Off Meeting was officially opened by IPB University’s Vice Rector for International Affairs, Collaboration and Alumni Relations, Prof Dodik R Nurrochmat.
Ina Hagniningtyas Krisnamurthi, the Special Staff for Economic Diplomacy of Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, conveyed that the issue surrounding vegetable oil sustainability is still being debated upon in the global community. She continued to explain that this collaborative research is therefore highly strategic to study the issue of vegetable oil sustainability with the Sustainable Development Goals as achievement indicator. Krisnamurthi who is also the Indonesian Ambassador for India and Bhutan was present at the meeting as representative to the Indonesian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahendra Siregar.
This event was also attended by the Dutch Ambassador for Indonesia, HE Lambert Grijns. According to Grinjs, it is important for the Netherlands and Indonesia to work together in conducting a study on vegetable oils in order to achieve SDGs 2030. Grinjns also added that the Netherlands role in this collaboration is highly relevant due to the country’s status of largest palm oil importer in the European Union. While Indonesia is one of the largest palm oil producers in the world. The Netherlands is the 12th largest market for vegetable oil products from Indonesia. In 2018, Indonesian vegetable oil export to the Netherlands made up to 20.8% the country’s imports.
Governments of both countries are deeply aware of the issues surrounding oil palm, especially in relation to the environment. Through this study, various approaches will be done to evaluate the sustainability of vegetable oil production in producer countries to hopefully reveal the root of its issues. The Indonesian research team, represented by Prof Suria Darma Tarigan and the Dutch Research team, represented by Dr Maja Slingerland, presented these approaches as well as the criteria and indicators used to study the sustainability of vegetable oils as a commodity and its contribution in achieving the SDG indicators.
IPB University’s Research Center for Tropical Agriculture Develops Shallot Variety with High Productivity Rate of 20 Tons per Hectare
Two shallot varieties have been developed by IPB University and successfully trial tested in IPB University’s Research Center for Tropical Agriculture: The Tajuk variety and SS Sakato variety. The trial was carried out in Blitar, Kebumen, Tegal, and Kuningan with the resulting productivity rate amounting to 17-20 tons per hectare. A unique characteristic of the Tajur variety is its low pest infestation due to the low attraction for the beet armyworm.
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.