Australian Deputy Ambassador Working Visit to Pamekasan and Jember to Support Agricultural Sector Development

East Java, 16 July 2019

Australian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia, Allaster Cox met with the District Head of Pamekasan, H. Badrut Tamam to discuss about collaboration to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of agriculture sector in the region.

Along with representatives of the district’s Agricultural Office (DAGRIO), the meeting focuses on further collaboration between public and private sectors facilitated by PRISMA. In Pamekasan, PRISMA facilitated public-private partnership between the DAGRIO and Corteva (formerly known as PT DowDuPont Indonesia) to promote the use of high-quality maize seeds and good agricultural practices (GAP) as well as East West Seed Indonesia (EWINDO) to promote small-package vegetable seeds.

By December 2018, the maize interventions have increased the incomes of 45,603 smallholder maize farming households in East Java with a total of IDR 105.1 Billion and average increased incomes up to 234%. While the partnership with EWINDO has helped the DAGRIO to promote home-gardening program to women farmer groups as part of the Government of Indonesia’s food security agenda.

Mr. Cox expressed his support and appreciation by stating, “I want to thank the local government of Pamekasan, and all of our private sector partners for their partnership and continuous support for the PRISMA program. And we look forward to continuing our partnership together in the future.”

On 19 July 2019, the visit to East Java continued to Jember to explore the result of ARISA’s intervention on commercialising research outputs through research-private collaboration. Destined for University of Jember (UNEJ), the Deputy Ambassador met with the university’s rector, Drs. Moh. Hasan, M.Sc., Ph.D. to discuss the progress of the Centre for Intermediation and Innovation (CII). Launched in October 2017 facilitated by ARISA, the unit was purposed to interface more effectively with private sector and look at mechanisms to commercialise research outcomes to increase benefit impact for households within the area and nationally.

 

As per June 2019, UNEJ’s CII has brokered 16 partnerships with private sector in Indonesia in various sectors, including palm, sugar, seeds, estate crops and food processing. With University of Mataram followed the path of UNEJ in establishing their own intermediation unit, both universities have been recognised by the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education as examples of good practice for the commercialisation of research in universities.