12 Apr 2017

IPNI SEAP Quarterly Newsletter 2017 - 1

IPNI SEAP PROGRAM UPDATES Estimating Future Fertilizer Nutrient Requirements by Mature Oil Palm Background Five countries from Southeast Asia region (SEA) which include Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Thailand, contributed about 90% of global palm oil (59 million tons) accordi

Field exercises and demonstrations in IPNI training
07 Apr 2017

IPNI Knowledge Dissemination (July 2017)

A course on 4R NUTRIENT STEWARDSHIP for OIL PALM agronomists, plantation managers, executives and owners. Don't miss this! We are coming to you in Sabah, Malaysia, 11-14 July 2017

29 Mar 2017

100 Years of Oil Palm in Malaysia (1917-2017) - Know Our Past. Understand Our Present. Shape Our Future.

This powerpoint presentation is shared with the kind permission of Mr. Joseph Tek Choon Yee, President of Malaysian Estate Owners' Association (MEOA), Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of IJM Plantations Berhad, and Board Member of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB). Mr. Tek delivered this

16 Feb 2017

WEBINAR Recording : High Oil Extraction Rate (OER) Does Not Necessarily Mean High Oil Yield

Palm oil producers judge their mills using the oil extraction rate (OER) but do so without any idea how much oil is in the fresh fruit bunches (FFB) that are milled. In this webinar, Mr. Christopher Donough discussed how IPNI Southeast Asia Program has shown that best management practices (BMP) fo

15 Feb 2017

2017 IPNI Scholar Award is open for application

February 15, 2017. Penang, Malaysia – The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) invites eligible graduate students to apply for the 2017 IPNI Scholar Award. Individual prizes of USD 2,000 will be awarded directly to winners with no specific duties required of them. Deadline has been set

Intensification: higher productivity on existing land
26 Jan 2017

Yield gaps in oil palm: IPNI Southeast Asia study shows huge potential for increasing yields in existing Indonesian plantations

January 26, 2017. Penang, Malaysia – Assessing attainable yield of oil palm is the key for sustainable site-specific intensification of production. By calculating the difference between attainable yield and actual yield, we obtain the yield gap, which indicates the scope for yield improvements thr

Photo credit: Apolonio Ocampo (UPLB)
23 Jan 2017

The Philippines adopted Nutrient Expert® to increase maize production and profitability in the country

Following the launch of Nutrient Expert® for Maize by the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR), local agricultural TV program Mag-Agri Tayo (Channel PTV-4) featured this significant event on 24 December 2016. You may still watch Mag-Agri Tayo's coverage in the below

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

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

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

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
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Dr. Mirasol Pampolino
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