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On Monday and Tuesday 16-17 March 2020, Balitbu Tropika distributed source seeds to BPP Kt Sungai Lasi and BPP Tanjung Harapan Solok City.

The sources of durian, mangosteen, mango and banana seeds are distributed in the framework of the BPP Land Utilization Program for the development of fruit tree parent plants which had previously been agreed upon between the Balitbu Tropika and BPP throughout the City and Regency of Solok. So that in the future there will be enough parent trees for quality seed production to support the development of fruit crop areas.

Ten BPP ready to support this program are: BPP Sungai Lasi, BPP X Koto Singkarak, BPP X Koto Above Payung Sekaki BPP, Lembang Jaya BPP, Bukit sundi BPP, Kubung BPP, Jpp Sirih BPP, Tanjung Harapan BPP, Tigo Lurah BPP.

Technical Coordination of Horticultural Variety Registration

There are still many potential local genetic resources of horticultural crops in Indonesia that have not been used commercially. To spur commercialization and development of superior varieties of horticulture, it is necessary to register horticultural varieties.
The Center for Plant Variety and Agricultural Licensing Protection (PPVTPP) of the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the Tropics of Animal Husbandry on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 held a Technical Coordination of Horticultural Variety Registration.

This activity was opened by Ir. Ewin Suib, MM, Head of the Local Variety Registration Division, accompanied by Head of BALITBU Tropika Dr. Elina Mansyah. Speakers at this activity include Prof. Sobir, Deputy Chairperson of TP2VH and Dra.Novianti from the Director General. Tananaman Horticulture Seeding.

The event was attended by the Heads of Agriculture Services in West Sumatra, Farmers' Groups, Breeders, Students and academicians.
Hopefully the use of local horticultural SDG will increase so that it can support the welfare of the community.

Technical Guidance for Prospective Breeder Durian of BPPP West Sumatra I Force 2020

March 12, 2020, the UPTD of the Agricultural Training and Counseling Center collaborated with the Research Institute for Tropical Fruit Plants in organizing the Training of Durian Breeders located in Balitbu Tropika.
Education and Training participated by 30 participants from the District. Agam and Fifty The city is the first of two batches planned for this March.
As the resource person, Dr. Panca Jarot Santoso, Makful MSi, Sukarmin S.P who are researchers and technicians of Balitbu Tropika. The event began at 08.30 WIB in the morning with the material Steps towards independent certification, Basic fruit and durian seedling plants continued with a field practice in the Aripan IP2TP garden. In the afternoon, technical guidance continued with durian parent tree management materials.

The training of durian breeders aims to improve the knowledge, attitudes and skills of the breeders about the technical and seedling of durian and can subsequently produce guaranteed quality durian seeds to meet the needs of the community.

Collaboration of BBTV Project Puslitbanghorti with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

On Tuesday 3 March 2020, Indonesian Tropical Fruit Research Institute (ITFRI)has received a visiting of Prof. Dr. Jim Lorenzen from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The meeting, a part of visiting agendas, was conducted in the showroom of ITFRI. Prof. Jim presented a brief explanation about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The visit was also to monitor the progress of the BBTV Project in ITFRI-IAARD.

Indonesia, represented by Indonesian Centre for Horticultural Research and Development (ICHORD) is one of the sub-contractors of the BBTV Project activities funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The implementing institute of the BBTV Project is ITFRI-IAARD. The signing of the subcontract was carried out in 2018 and the implementation of activities has began in 2019.
On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Jim was welcomed by the Head of ITFRI-IAARD, Dr. Ellina Mansyah. After a brief explanation and a meeting with the researchers of ITFRI, Prof. Jim accompanied by Dr. Agus Sutanto, Dr. Sukartini, and Drs. Edison visited a screen-house that used for the research related to the BBTV Project at Aripan experimental station. The agenda was continued with a visit to the Banana Germplasm Collection and Molecular and Quality Assessment Laboratory of ITFRI at Sumani Experimental Station. 
The team also invited Prof. Jim to visit the farmer trained by ITFRI, which has developed Kepok Tanjung plantation in Nagari Selayo, District of Solok, West Sumatra.
Prof. Jim expects that this collaboration can benefit the communities of Indonesia and will be improved in the next future.