Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. In accordance with the mandate of Presidential Regulation Number 78 of 2021 concerning the National Research and Innovation Agency of the Republic of Indonesia (BRIN RI), every research and development (R & D) work unit is integrated into BRIN, including R & D units within the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia.

In response, several researchers from the Ministry of Agriculture who were interviewed by BRIN’s Public Relations Officer gave their support for integration. They also hope that under the coordination of BRIN, researchers can be more creative and collaborate with other researchers in creating and developing agricultural technology innovations more optimally.

“I personally think that with the integration of research institutions into BRIN, we can focus more on doing research, including the study and development of agricultural technology, and more importantly, boosts the spirit for collaboration,” said Titiek Farianti Djafaar, a researcher at the Agricultural Technology Research Center (BPTP) of Yogyakarta Province which is a technical implementing unit of the Center for Agricultural Technology Assessment and Development (BBP2TP), Ministry of Agriculture, in a Discussion on Agricultural Research, Tuesday (18/01).

He said that all this time there has often been overlapping research, both in R&D of ministries/institutions and universities. With the integration of R&D units to BRIN, he is of the opinion that possible overlapping will be smaller, because this integration will create collaboration between researchers.

The problems that occur in R&D thus far, especially on agricultural technology, Titiek continued, are the policies that are top-down, not based on the agricultural problems faced by our farming community.

“So when we identify the problems of what farmers need, and we propose them (to the management), sometimes they do not qualify for funding as research/study/development activities,” he said.

Therefore, he hopes that by joining BRIN, researchers can have freedom to create in order to develop agricultural technology innovations according to people’s needs.

Location-Specific Agricultural Technology

Another researcher from the Yogyakarta BPTP-BBP2TP of the Ministry of Agriculture, Tri Martini explained that BBP2TP is a Work Unit (UK) in the field of assessment and development of agricultural technology, which is under and reports to the Head of the Agricultural Research and Development Agency. BBP2TP coordinates the Agricultural Technology Assessment Center (BPTP) which spread across 33 provinces (33+1 including BPTP Kaltara).

She explained that the agricultural technology developed by BPTP is the technology to answer problems in specific locations. “We collaborate with relevant stakeholders such as local governments, state enterprises, private sector, universities, and other parties. The goal is to downstream technology to users, both regional extension workers and farmers or breeders and even carry out industrialization of corporation-based location-specific technological innovations,” she explained.

“That is why we are in 33 provinces, because agricultural technology is here to bring solutions according to the needs of farmers in the village. For example, Yogyakarta and Papua may have different commodities, because they have different land resources. Recommendation for fertilizer is also different,” she explained (tnt, pur, drs)