500,000 hectares land in Papua ready for sugarcane
Selasa, 13 Agustus 2013 | 08:43
At least 500,000 hectares of land in Papua are suitable for sugarcane planting that meet the raw material needs of 12 sugar mills (PG) with a capacity of 20,000 tons cane a day per PG.Such land area can be used to support national sugar self-sufficiency program.
Toharisman Aris, Indonesian Sugar Research Institute (P3GI) for Pasuruan, said there are one million hectares of sloping land in Papua that can be optimized for the cultivation of sugarcane.
He said an area of 500,000 hectares in Merauke is proved to be very suitable for sugarcane even though it has lower productivity than in Java Island.
“We have conducted sugarcane plantation test in Merauke, Papua. It’s able to grow with good condition. We continue to review the sugarcane plant resistance against pest,” he told Bisnis, Monday (8/12/2103).
Several sugarcane varieties that have been tested in Papua are P3GI’s seeds, consisting of PS851, PSJT, Kenthung, and Cening. The PS851 sugarcane varieties grown in paddy fields in Java Island is able to harvest 120 tons per hectare and 80 tons per ha in dry land.
If developed in Papua, he added, the harvest volume of several sugarcane varieties is still below Java Island.
“If the land in Papua is used entirely for the cultivation of sugarcane, its harvest result could meet the needs of 12 sugar mills (PG) with a capacity of 20,000 tons of sugarcane per day. However, the sugarcane planting in the region requires support of water management technology,” he said. (msw)
by Adam A. Chevny, Arsyad Paripurna