4th Quarter, 2016
12 Jan 2017

IPNI SEAP Quarterly Newsletter 2016 - 4

Program Updates, News from the Region, Useful Insights from the Literature, Upcoming Events

Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)
01 Jan 2017

Planters' Diary 2017

The 2017 Planters' Diary has eleven short agronomy-related fact sheets inserted into each month of the diary: 1) Plant nutrients exported in palm oil 2) Bio-physical land suitability for oil palm in Ghana 3) Homologous Events and water stress in oil palm 4) Maize: attainable yields in Southeast Asia

21 Dec 2016

WEBINAR Recording : Langkah Awal untuk memperoleh produksi tinggi – Pembibitan yang bagus (Bahasa Indonesia)

Pada prinsipnya bibit kelapa sawit yang berkualitas, merupakan langkah awal untuk mencapai potensi produksi yang maksimal. Apa saja yang harus menjadi perhatian untuk memperoleh bibit kelapa sawit dengan kualitas baik ? Hendra Sugianto membahasnya dengan prinsip-prinsip best management practices me

Best wishes for 2017 from the IPNI SEAP team!
21 Dec 2016

Season’s Greetings to Friends, Partners & Supporters of IPNI Southeast Asia

A few days ago, I watched yet another time the Return of the Jedi. As before, one wise reminder by Master Yoda never fails to have its impact on me “When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not. ” December is the time to reflect on the months gone by. Considering the year 2016

Philippines launched Nutrient Expert® for Maize
20 Dec 2016

Department of Agriculture, Philippines Hosts Nutrient Expert® Maize Launch with University of the Philippines Los Baños and International Plant Nutrition Institute

December 20, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – Nutrient Expert® (NE) for Maize was launched in November this year in the Philippines by the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) together with University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and International Plant Nutrition Inst

Homologous Events - a new way of looking at data
15 Dec 2016

IPNI on Learning from Commercial Oil Palm Crop Performance

December 15, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – Like all farmers, oil palm planters learn from their own experiences. Yet, they are rarely sure if an exceptionally good or bad outcome is due to chance or a given combination of management practices and environmental conditions.

24 Nov 2016

IPNI’s International Publication Partnership on Oil Palm Nutrition

November 24, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – Our knowledge of the importance of nutrients for sustainable oil palm production is incomplete. Extensive experimental work has been dedicated to the understanding of yield response to applied nutrients, but very few of these studies report on nutrient uptake

Where are the opportunities in cocoa production?
23 Nov 2016

WEBINAR Recording : Cocoa Sustainability and Fertilizer Use - A Case for Adequate Crop Nutrition in Indonesian Cocoa Farms

In this insightful webinar, Dr. Oberthür explained how cocoa production may evolve in Southeast Asia in the coming decade. He described the opportunities that exists for the fertilizer industry to help develop the cocoa sector, and illustrated with examples how IPNI SEAP fills knowledge gaps in nu

An analytical tool for oil palm estate management
09 Nov 2016

WEBINAR Recording : Teasing Out and Mapping Environmental Conditions that Influence Oil Palm Performance for Improved Estate Management

In this webinar, Dr. Kam explained how an analytical tool can be used to identify sets of similar environmental conditions (aka ‘homologous events’) that commercial oil palm plantations are subjected to, which are then mapped using an in-house developed mapping tool and the outputs used to improve

07 Nov 2016

First stage completed: IPNI Southeast Asia project on oil palm productivity in all stages of production cycle

November 7, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – There is a significant gap between actual yields achieved and the potentially attainable yield in most oil palm fields in Indonesia and Malaysia.

02 Nov 2016

Rio Tinto Borates joins Cocoa Care and IPNI SEAP to support sustainable smallholder cocoa farming in Indonesia

November 02, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – Rio Tinto Borates (RTB), one of the world’s largest producers of refined borates, has joined an ongoing partnership between the “Cocoa Care” program of PT Community Solutions International and the International Plant Nutrition Institute – Southeast Asia Program

What are Homologous Events (HE) in oil palm?
26 Oct 2016

WEBINAR Recording : Homologous Events

The IPNI Plantation Intelligence® group has developed the system of Homologous Events (HE) for Oil Palm. The HE system provides managers with a tool to characterize the growing conditions of individual fields over time. Similar conditions are defined as HEs. Yield variation within and across homo

Available now from IPNI Southeast Asia office
11 Oct 2016

“4R Plant Nutrition Manual” from an Oil Palm Agronomist’s Perspective

October 11, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – Penang-based independent oil palm agronomist, Chiu Sheng Bin recently reviewed and brought to the attention of planters, the 138-page “4R PLANT NUTRITION: A Manual for Improving the Management of Plant Nutrition” published by the International Plant Nutrition In

FFB arrives at oil palm mill
19 Sep 2016

Low Plant Nutrient Levels in Palm Oil Reveal Need for Better Recycling Approaches in the Mill

September 22, 2016. Penang, Malaysia – Fresh fruit bunches (FFB) contain significant amounts of plant nutrients such as nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), sulfur (S), and magnesium (Mg). When FFB are harvested, these nutrients are removed from the plantation sites. It takes 5 metric ton


Regional Profile

The Southeast Asia Program of IPNI (IPNI SEAP) has a long-standing record of integrity in agronomic research and training programs since its beginning as a representative office of the International Potash Institute in 1974. The Southeast Asia representative office first operated as a joint mission of The Potash & Phosphate Institute/Potash & Phosphate Institute of Canada (PPI/PPIC) and the International Potash Institute (IPI) before it became a program of the new IPNI in 2007. The Southeast Asian countries with which IPNI has had, is having or may have research and development engagements include Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea. The region has a total population of greater than 600 million, of which Indonesia alone has about 250 million inhabitants. Over the past decade, there has been substantial rural to urban migration; however, the rural population is still greater than the urban population in most of the region and agriculture continues to be an important feature of the economies of all countries in the region. IPNI SEAP is well-positioned in the region, through collaborative projects with the industry, and other research and development organizations, to develop and disseminate management approaches to increase productivity based on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Concept. Such collaborative projects include research in field experiments, production of books, publications and dissemination materials, research for fertilizer market development, as well as software development. Through these projects, we generate essential information for growers that helps them to achieve increased profitability, food security and environmental sustainability through appropriate use of plant nutrients and other management practices, in response to the socio-economic changes in the region.

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Dr. Thomas Oberthür
Director, Southeast Asia Program

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Dr. Mirasol Pampolino
Deputy Director, Southeast Asia Program




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