Thu, 26 Feb 2009
From: The Jakarta Globe
By Arti Ekawati
Agriculture Ministry officials have barred three hybird paddy seed producers from importing seeds from India and China, saying the three had run out of time to produce and develop seeds domestically, Sutarto Alimoeso, the ministry’s director general of food crops said Wednesday.

The three are PT Bayer Indonesia, PT Bangun Pusaka and PT Kondo International. Their licenses were revoked earlier this year, Sutarto said, although he didn’t give an exact date. The importation was allowed to increase domestic seed production, he said following a seminar on hybrid and transgenic seeds.

According to ministry regulations, producers of hybrid paddy seeds are given three years in which to import seeds before producing all of their own domestically. However, after three years, the three were still unable to produce their own, he said.

“Therefore we stopped their licences for importing hybrid paddy seeds.”

At present, 10 state and private hybrid paddy producers are still active. Five, Sutarto said, are developing hybrid paddy in the country. They are PT Pioneer Indonesia, PT BISI Indonesia, PT Sumber Alam Sutera, PT Karya Niaga Beras Mandiri and PT Sang Hyang Seri.

Nizwar Syafaat, director of research and development at state-owned PT Sang Hyang Seri, said his company is importing seed while in the process of adapting it to local conditions. “We still need to import and at the same time we are developing hybrid seeds that are suitable for Indonesia’s climate and temperature,” he said.

Sang Hyang Seri has already proposed 24 varieties of hybrid paddy seeds to the ministry to be commercialized.

“I hope we can sell the seed commercially in the middle of this year,” Nizwar said at the seminar. The company has already launched two hybrid paddy varieties, he added.



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