IPNI Knowledge Dissemination (May 2016)

Oil Palm Courses: (1) 4R Nutrient Stewardship. (2) Sustainable Yield Intensification

IPNI Training Course:

Course 1 : 4R Nutrient Stewardship in Oil Palm

4R Nutrient Stewardship is a new innovative approach for fertilizer best management practices. This approach considers economic, social, and environmental dimensions of nutrient management and is essential to sustainability of agricultural systems. The concept is simple - apply the right source of nutrient, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place - but the implementation is knowledge - intensive and site-specific.
We developed this course to explain the concept of 4R Nutrient Stewardship and to outline the principles that define the four “rights” in the context of a successful oil palm operation. It is intended to adapt and integrate those fundamental principles into a comprehensive method of nutrient management that meets the criteria of sustainability within an oil palm production system.

Course 2 : Sustainable Yield Intensification in Oil Palm

Sustainable Yield Intensification is an opportunity for plantation operators and smallholders to increase yields in a profitable and environmentally sound manner. Commercially cultivated oil palm has the potential to yield up to 11 tons of crude palm oil (CPO) per hectare. Yet CPO yield in Malaysia and Indonesia averages between 3 and 4 tons per hectare, with the best private plantation groups achieving 6 to 7 tons per hectare. Finding new ways to raise productivity has become a key agenda for CPO producers.
The course will introduce and demonstrate to participants the concepts, processes and protocols that enable sustainable yield intensification.

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