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Ellis Nihayati, New Agricultural Professor Foster the Potential of Temulawak

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Prof. Ellis Nihayati when she was inaugurated as professor at Brawijaya University
Prof. Ellis Nihayati when she was inaugurated as professor at Brawijaya University
Temulawak is a potential crop, but recently many people assume that temulawak is only consumed at the time of illness only.

A professor on plant physiology, Ellis Nihayati mentioned that mindset of today's society needs to be changed because temulawak should become fresh beverage and nutritious which can be drunk at anytime and anywhere as similar as box tea, bottle tea or other soft drinks.

Ellis also mentioned that duration of temulawak harvest age is 9-12 months, which makes farmers reluctant to do cultivation on temulawak. And so, many farmers have loss. Therefore, in order to overcome this, a solution is by an intercropping system.

Intercropping system is a polyculture involving two or more types of plants on one areal of planting-land in a similar or almost similar times.

Intercropping system aims to attract farmers and so they keen on cultivating temulawak, because its principle is increasing farmer's yield and income.

Plants that can be intercropped with temulawak are corn, soy and sweet potato.

"I try to combine intercropping system of temulawak and food crops in Faculty of Agriculture's Jatikerto Farm. Based on cost counting, there is a high profit if being intercropped with soy. The profit can reach eight million rupiahs/yield/hectare. So finally farmers can plant long-lived temulawak and planting intercrops at the same time," said Ellis.

By planting intercrops, making farmers can harvest unless waiting temulawak's yield time.

Prof. Ellis Nihayati was inaugurated as a professor in Physiology. She is the 54th professor at Faculty of Agriculture and the 236th at Brawijaya University. The wife of Ir. M.A. Helmy Sjoekoer was born in Gresik in 25 October 1953.

In addition to Prof. Ellis Nihayati, the second professor who inaugurated in Wednesday (29/Nov/2017) was Prof. Ruslan Wirosoedarmo.

In his speech titled "Potential of Land Suitability for Soybean Plant Growth", Prof. Ruslan explained that the need on soybean reach 2.7 million tons annually. This regard is not accordance with its production number which is around 885,000 tons and so must import 1.8 million tons annually.

In order to increase soy production, then an effort to do is using suitable land for growing soy.

Environmental components which determine success on soy production are factors of climate and soil physical characteristics which need to be known and anticipated by farmers.

In his research, Ruslan mapped agricultural land which has potency and criteria that meet as suitable land for farmers.

He explained, the areal is pretty much and if maximized by combining land, then soy production can significantly increase.

"Areal which have potency for planting soy is pretty much. If it is maximized by combining the land, then soy production can significantly increase," said Prof. Ruslan.

Prof. Ruslan Wirosoedarmo is a professor on Science of Soil and Water Engineering. He is the 10th professor at Faculty of Agricultural Technology and 235th at Brawijaya University. He was born in Magetan in 12 January 1953, The man who was married with Mudji Astutik has three children named Novi Dwi Astuti, Oktasari Tri Hangesti and Yuli Setyo Catur Pamungkas. [Oky Dian/Humas UB/Trans. Denok]








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