Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the Faculty of Agriculture, UNS held a webinar with the theme "Cultivation of Ornamental Plants and Horticulture". This webinar is a series-2 webinar in a series of community service held in the framework of the 45th Anniversary of UNS at the Faculty of Agriculture, UNS.
The webinar presents Dr. Ir. Eddy Tri Haryanto, MP (Agrotechnology Study Program of FP UNS) by raising the topic "Cultivation Techniques for Cassava Ornamental Plants"; Dr. Ir. Joko Sutrisno, MP (Agribusiness Study Program FP UNS) with the topic "Ornamental Plant Business Management"; and Ir. Ghomsony from PT. Hybrid Jaya Utama with the topic “About Horticultural Farming Business”. The webinar was attended by participants from the Agricultural Extension Center, the Department of Agriculture, ornamental plant lover communities, academics, and students.
The webinar was opened symbolically by the Dean of FP UNS Prof. Dr. Ir. Samanhudi, SP, M.Si, IPM, Asean ENG, in his speech said that ornamental plants and horticulture are important and attractive commodities in the community and are often hunted commodities for people who love ornamental plants. The Dean also hopes that participants can take advantage of this webinar because apart from discussing cultivation but also about management and marketing.
Appearing for the first time delivering material about Cultivation of Taro Ornamental Plants, Dr. Eddy Tri Haryanto, MP said that ornamental plant cultivation can be used as a business opportunity. "Ornamental plants are often a phenomenon that can be used as a business opportunity as well as a hobby, garden decoration, room decorator".
According to Dr. Eddy said that Indonesia is a country that has potential in terms of biodiversity. "Indonesia is a country that is rich in sources of biodiversity, we see our flora 15.5% of the flora in the world is in Indonesia".
"This shows that we have a wealth of biological resources that have not been widely used by us, and can be used as a source of germplasm wealth to create new varieties and new variants which of course will produce something superior." For the creation of new variants of ornamental plants, there are 3 things that need to be done, including hybridization, crossing and varigata.
Dr. Eddy also conveyed about the ornamental plant market opportunities when viewed from the aspect of the domestic market influenced by several things, namely Indonesia's tropical climate conditions; improvement of the community's economy; property development; the existence of ornamental plant rentals; and a city park. Meanwhile, from the aspect of foreign markets, it is influenced by an increase in foreign market demand.
Meanwhile Dr. Ir. Joko Sutrisno, MP conveyed material from the side of economic studies with the theme Business Management of Ornamental Plants Still Existing in a Pandemic Period. On that occasion Dr. Joko Sutrisno said that one of the businesses that still exists and is even growing during the pandemic is the ornamental plant business (floriculture). The reason is that ornamental plants have beneficial values ??for humans, including aesthetic and exotic values; the number of activities at home due to the pandemic period so that gardening activities are the choice; become the trend of society; ornamental plant business is quite promising.
Dr. Joko Sutrisno also gave tips for choosing when to enter the world of ornamental plant business, what fields can be started, among others
- The business field of production facilities includes production facilities in the form of pots, fertilizers, planting media, etc.
- Breeder, producer of new variant
- Seedler, seed and seed producer
- Grower, raising existing ornamental plants
- Rental, a service business for renting ornamental plants
While the last speaker is Ir. Ghomsony from PT. Hybrid Jaya Utama with material Regarding Horticultural Farming Business. In terms of the success of horticultural farming, Ir. Ghomsony said several factors that influence it include an uncertain climate; development and change in pest and disease attack patterns; food import policy; price fluctuations; and reduction of subsidized fertilizers from the government.
In line with Dr. Joko Sutrisno, Ir. Ghomsony also stated that horticultural farming opportunities can also be started from the field of production facilities or the field of plant products itself.