Field Officer Ms Ridhona Edriantina attended a SWOT analysis meeting with the Budidaya farmer group, Pulau Sari village, in August 2019.
One of the key challenges recently faced by the group has been relatively low prices obtained for oil palm and rubber. This has led some members of the group to replace their plantations with corn, which has been found to be a more profitable crop.
Additionally, it has been difficult to find sufficient food for their cattle in the dry season, where they have generally relied on grass. The option of rice straw processing (as discussed above) has been a welcome development for the group by providing a significant cattle feed option during the dry season.
Group members always welcome opportunities to learn from Dinas-led and other institution-led workshops in feed processing technology and help make their cattle production more sustainable year-round.
Five farmers from the group have agreed to participate in a demonstration trial of feed technology, allowing their cattle to be fed fermented rice straw and their progress monitored regularly.
The group are also participating in a KalSel CropCow-led trial of odot grass (Pennisetum purpureum cv. Mott). If maintained correctly, this species also has potential to provide an alternative source of cattle feed during the dry season.
The team are already collecting data on odot grass performance at demonstration plots established at Pulau Sari village, and assessing its potential for integration with sweet corn production.
The demonstration plots enable local cattle farmers to observe the grass and decide if this is a technology they would like to introduce on their farms.