21 April 2015

Bayer CropScience with PiSAgro Helps Indonesian Rice Farmers to Increase Their Crop Yield and Income

Bayer CropScience (BCS) leads the working group for rice in PISAgro (Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture) and is one of the seven companies that co-founded the public-private partnership organization

  • From last harvest, rice farmers have managed to increase their yield up to 16% or an average of 0.9 ton per hectare, resulting in an average income increase up to 30% or an additional of IDR 15 million per hectare per season
  • Farmers targeted to be help are 120 thousands in 2015 and 2.6 million by 2020


Jakarta, 21 April 2015 – Bayer CropScience in Indonesia, together with PISAgro, aims to increase the agricultural productivity by 20% and farmers' income by 20%, also decreases the glasshouse gas emissions by 20% in each decade.


Bayer CropScience is one of seven private companies in Indonesia that co-founded PISAgro, a public-private partnership organization, which was founded in June, 2011 and inaugurated by Bayu Krisnamurthi (served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture at that time) and Mahendra Siregar (served as Deputy Minister of Trade at that time). Bayer CropScience also leads the rice working group in PISAgro and actively supports the Indonesian Government in providing crop protection technology for rice farmer


Through a partnership with PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera (TPS), a premium rice producer, in PISAgro’s Rice Working Group program, Bayer CropScience has been active in West Java and Central Java rice farming since 2013, with a partnership area in 2014 up to 3,000 hectares. Through this strategic partnership, rice farmers have been able to increase their crop yield by 16% (or 0.9 tons of grain per hectare) resulting in increasing income up to 30% or IDR 15 million per hectare per season.


Coverage of the area will be increased to 40,000 hectares in 2015 and 800,000 hectares in 2020. While for the number of farmers who became the target of this program will be increased to 120,000 farmers in 2015 and to 2.6 million rice farmers in 2020, with the target of yield and farmers' minimum income is increased to 20% per hectare.


Rice farmers have testified that the PISAgro program has benefited them, citing that now they have additional knowledge through training and education done by Bayer CropScience in the use of plant protection technology. Rice farmers who have received the trainings are able to increase the yields per hectare with an excellent quality that can be sold to PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera at a higher price than market average.


Through those trainings, rice farmers also learnt that excessive use of pesticides can lead to pests’ resistance, as well as endangering the condition of the soil and the plant. Now, rice farmers who have been trained by Bayer CropScience know and conduct good farming practices when it comes to using pesticides and fertilizers. By following the recommended use, rice farmers are able to increase their crop yield by up to 16%.


In Indonesia, there are more than 40 million farmers growing crops in 20 million hectares of land. Reaching them and helping their highly diverse needs is a challenge that is best met by a collaborative cross-sector and public-private partnership organization, such as PISAgro. In order to ensure sustainable growth and shared value benefits for all, any effort to help Indonesian farmers should be comprehensive and holistic.


“No one organization can alone transform agriculture. We all need to work together – whether it across the food value or it is with a range of stakeholders including government, NGOs and donors, domestic and international companies, research organisations and universities and of course, the farmers themselves. Public private partnerships, holistic solutions, innovative market mechanisms are all needed to address the problem at scale,” said Eric Tesson, Country Division Head of Bayer CropScience in Indonesia who presented in one of the World Economic Forum sessions held in Jakarta.


“Emerging economies are the fastest growing economies in the world but are also home to the poorest and malnourished populations – even in China, India and Brazil up to 30% of the population lives below the poverty line and is hungry. There are 870 million people hungry in the world today – half of them are engaged in agriculture. 90% of farmers farm less than 2 hectares of land. And to make smallholder agriculture compete on the global stage, they need to be provided specific support. They lack access to technology, to know-how, to training. With the right inputs and sustainable agronomy practices farmers can significantly increase their yield in one season, as it has been successfully demonstrated by farmers that we partner with, in Indonesia,” closed Eric Tesson.



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