Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name: Hamami Alfasani Dewanto
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Country: Indonesia
Organisation: Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto
Number of Members: 4
Comments that you feel are appropriate for our audienceBlessed with a tropical climate and around 17,000 islands, Indonesia is a nation with the second largest biodiversity in the world. There are about 28,000 species of flowering plants in Indonesia. For start, to all members of IAPB we would like to develop international linkage to achieving similar goals together.
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year:
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
Plant biotechnology has been officially recognized by the government of Indonesia as a strategic technology to help attain sustainable agricultural production since 1988. These regulations were amended in 1999 to cover plantation and forestry plants and food products the implementation of which involved four ministries (Agriculture, Estate Crops and Forestry, Food, and Health). Indonesian government has several priority for agricultural products. They are natural rubber (latex), coffee, cocoa and palm oil. World’s Natural rubber supplies come from Southeast Asia, namely from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. Indonesia has the largest rubber plantation in the world, consisting 3.4 million hectares. Rubber plantations are widely spread throughout Indonesia, especially on the island of Sumatra. Indonesia is also famous for having a number of specialty coffees such as 'kopi luwak' (known as the most expensive coffee worldwide) and 'kopi Mandailing'. Based on International Coffee Organization (ICO) data, the top three world coffee exporters are Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia. The others agricultural sector is Cocoa. Cocoa contributes greatly to the Indonesian economy. Total production of cocoa in 2014 reached 700 thousand tons with export value of USD 1,224,5 billion. The last sector is oil palm. Indonesia is able to produce 23,900 thousand tons or 40.27% of total world palm oil production of 50,894 thousand tons. Oil palm produced in Indonesia is partly consumed domestically as raw materials in the manufacturing of cooking oil, oleochemicals, soaps, margarine and most others are exported in the form of crude palm oil (CPO) and palm kernel oil or Palm Kernel Oil (PKO).