PalmCow Field Officers Henni Rahmawati, Triwindana Hadi Putra, Aan Aryadi, M Abdul Rahim and Iriani Panjaitan joined their supervisory team as well as a number of trainers for a comprehensive induction and training program as well as a field visit. The activities were held in Pangkalun Bun, Central Kalimantan, on March 12-15 2019.
CropCow’s KalSel-based Field Officer Ridhona Edriantina also joined the PalmCow training activity given that CropCow activities in KalSel will have stronger animal production focus than in NTB, where the focus is more on scaling research.
PalmCow leader Adjunct Professor John Ackerman, as well as ICARD and BPTP representatives, opened the activity with a welcome presentation to the Field Officers.
The Field Officers were provided training in data management, communication with farmers, animal production and animal health, forage and soil research, palm production and Ganoderma research, socio-economics and market chains, and project communications and social media.
The training event also provided the opportunity for the Field Officers to discuss their responsibilities and goals informally with a number of key members of the PalmCow research team, and to take part in team bonding and enjoyable team-building activities.
On March 14, the Field Officers and other training participants visited Sulung Ranch and KUD Tani Subur cooperative, to take a closer look at these examples of palm-cattle integration, and to find out about some of the opportunities and challenges that these examples illustrate for the PalmCow project.
At Sulung Ranch, the visitors had the chance to discuss some of the research the Citra Borneo Indah (CBI) Research and Development (R&D) Team, have completed on environmental aspects of palm-cattle integration. Other presentations during the farm visit covered the effect of palm-cattle integration on soil, weed efficiency, Ganoderma, and palm production.
The PalmCow team was also fortunate to observe cattle paddock movement for grazing rotation and cattle mustering on horseback.
The benefits of induction training
The main goal of the training was to welcome the Field Officers into the team, and provide them with an opportunity to get to know each other and the PalmCow research coordinators.
However the PalmCow Field Officer induction training will be particularly important for the ongoing role of the Field Officers given their on-ground local importance, and the fact that for most local-level stakeholders they will be the ‘face’ of IndoBeef.
On-going training opportunities will be provided.