Recent news from Indonesia shows how the agriculture sector is taking a detailed look at how best to use balanced crop nutrition to maximise productivity and profitability.
More than 70 people – fertilizer distributors, retailers, agronomists and government officials – gathered recently in the capital, Jakarta, to discuss the potential benefits of using the FertilizerpluS premium line of crop nutrition products. Hosted by Indevco Internusa, one of Indonesia’s leading fertilizer importers and distributors, the event focussed on how crop yield and quality can be increased and improved by precise, targeted crop nutrition.
Indevco Internusa's Managing Director, Haskin Pionata revealed how one of the FertilizerpluS family of products, Polysulphate, is the focus of ‘look-see’ demonstration trials and has been showing dramatic benefits to a wide range of Indonesian crops. In the Kerawang, Lembang, and Subang areas of the country, the results he said were “extraordinary”.
For Polysulphate-fertilized potatoes, productivity increases of up to 50 percent were recorded. In pineapples nourished with Polysulphate, the measure of sweetness using the Brix test jumped by 50 percent. After applying Polysulphate fertilizer to rice plants, observations included that the crop was taller, the stem was stronger and less prone to collapse, the grain was bigger, and farmers also mentioned that their crop seemed less vulnerable to disease attacks.
Agriculture remains a major income generator for Indonesian business and farming households, but under-yielding is still a problem despite the increased availability and affordability of commodity NPK fertilizers. According to a recent FAO report, the provision of government fertilizer subsidies to small-scale farmers has done little to increase yields.
Now, attention is shifting to the role of key crop nutrients such as sulphur, potassium, magnesium and calcium – all available to the crop over a prolonged period with Polysulphate fertilizer. This is why steps are underway to gain the necessary approvals for imports of Polysulphate from the first and only mine to produce it, ICL Boulby. The story of this FertilizerpluS product production - The Polysulphate Story - was shown to the interested Indonesian audience.
Closing the discussions Haskin Pionata stated that he feels Indonesia is witnessing a new dawn in fertilizer use. "We are very optimistic about Polysulphate fertilizer products that we will develop in Indonesia".