Since the CropCow project commenced, there had been two market chains field visits in KalSel. On 14-17 May 2019, members of the market chains team met in KalSel to review the results of these scoping visits, and develop plans for specific research topics.
Recently, we reported on a market chains case study field visit in Lombok, carried out by the CropCow market chains team. Immediately following this work, the team visited neighbouring Sumbawa to hold discussions with several farmer groups.
Professor Rene Villano from the University of New England visited Indonesia in June 2019 to discuss socioeconomic activities in both CropCow and PalmCow, and participate in the first training sessions in household survey data collection, with enumerators in South Kalimantan and colleagues from BPTP-KalSel.
The feedlot sector accounts for approximately 10% of total beef production in Indonesia. It is a potential contributor to meeting Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency target, as well as a competitor for the smallholder cattle producers.
In May 2019, an IndoBeef market chains team comprising Christie Chang and Febrina Prameswari visited two feedlots in Cianjur, West Java. These included PT Ben Buana Sejahtera and PT Pasir Tengah.
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.
In February and March 2019, the IndoBeef Field Officers completed induction training and team building activities, and also conducted initial field visits to learn about the farm management systems they will be involved in researching, collecting data on and helping to scale out as part of their important contribution to the CropCow and PalmCow projects.
The IndoBeef Field Officers are an integral part of the team in both the CropCow and PalmCow projects. They are considered as junior researchers contributing to IndoBeef research outcomes, as well as facilitators of research and scaling out activity. They will receive ongoing training to build relevant skills, and will be well placed to contribute to beef research beyond IndoBeef. Here, we provide a summary of the roles and responsibilities of the CropCow field officers as an example.