Palm Oil – Cow Integrated Program Is Not a Source of Pest

Palm Oil – Cow Integrated Program Is Not a Source of Pest

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The assumption saying that palm oil – cow integrated program would raise the negative, such as, disease and pest would spread in the plantations from cow feces or from cow foot steps are unreasonable. It needs further evidence scientifically.

Major Researcher of Puslitbang Perkebunan, Agricultural Research and Development Agency, Prof. Decianto Sutopo said, if cow takes Ganoderma through its bite, this is mis-information.

According to the research result that he did, palm oil – cow integrated program would increase palm oil productivity and cow is not the main factor to spread Ganoderma faster. “The touch of plantation roots which are hit by Ganoderma fungus is the main factor to spread,” he noted in Whatsapp group SISKA Network.

It needs to understand that palm oil – cow integrated program cannot be implemented if the plantations are in not productive yet or new short trees where the leaves of trees can be eaten by cow. This is not a suggestion. “If the cows are released in short trees, they would be the pests,” he said.

Prof. Decianto also mentioned, the main Ganoderma should be widely controlled by having antagonist micro-organism in palm oil plantations and vanishing the plants which have been infected and the sources in the field as well. “It is almost impossible to heal Ganoderma - infected trees,” he said.

Chairman of Sentra Peternakan Rakyat (SPR) Berkat Bersama, YB. Zainanto Hari Widodo said, breeding cows in palm oil plantations has no impact to the plantations themselves. What was told – pest for the plantations – never happened. Of course, palm oil – cow integrated program should be running well and according to every procedure.

He also said, particularly in Pangkalan Lada, Central Kalimantan, there are about 450 men having for about 2.000 cows. The numbers are not included in other sub districts which the people do breed cows in palm oil plantations.

Chairman of Masyarakat Perkelapasawitan Indonesia (MAKSI), Darmono Taniwiryono believed, the program would deliver advantages for palm oil plantations.

He also mentioned as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, palm oil – cow integrated program would deliver additional profits for having organic fertilizer to the plantations. “In addition, the organic fertilizer could be antagonist for Ganoderma,” Darmono said. (T2)