Focus Group Discussion “Increasing Rice Price and Its Control Solutions”
The FGD discussed issue on the extent of increasing rice price reached 30 percent in February 2015. The prices of low and medium qualities of rice achieved at Rp 10,000 per kilogram in the same month. There are some divergences related to this phenomenon, among others, because of rice mafia who troubling the price and due to declining rice stock possibly. However, another opinion addressed that actually there is no rice mafia since hoard up the rice is risky except for normal stock. According to the data of BPS, there were significant increasing rice price (more than 10%) in several major cities such as Manado, Kudus, Bandung, and Banyuwangi. In Central Rice Market of Cipinang (PIBC), in particular, the extent of increasing rice price achieved at about 21 percent for rice variety of Muncul. The extent of increasing rice prices in 82 cities were averagely less than three percent. Thus, the average extent of increasing rice price differs from those general situations as reported by mass media which reached about 30 percent.
Price Control Policy of Agricultural Products in Malaysia: Quo Vadis Indonesia?
It is perceived that the price control policy of agricultural products implemented in Malaysia cannot be applied in Indonesia entirely. This was one of seminar pointers of price control policy of agricultural products conducted at ICASEPS on 18 January 2015 presented by Dr. Bambang Sayaka.
Annual Member Meeting (RAT) of Kopagro: Let’s Keep Forward Kopagro Promoting Welfare for Its Member
The annual member meeting (RAT) of Employee Cooperative of ICASEPS (Kopagro) for fiscal year 2014 was held on 17 February 2015. The meeting was opened by Director of ICASEPS and attended by management of Employee Cooperative of the Republic of Indonesia (KPRI) Bogor branch and all members of Kopagro.
Seminar "Operational Research Proposal 2015"
On 10-11 February 2015, ICASEPS organized a seminar of “Operational Research Proposal” of DIPA-TA (Budget Implementation Entry List-Fiscal Year) 2015 at Seminar Room of ICASEPS, Jalan Ahmad Yani 70 Bogor. The participants of the seminar were researchers of ICASEPS and guests from certain institutions within Ministry of Agriculture and universities. To sharpen the direction of research, some discussants were invited namely from universities and other working units within the Ministry of Agriculture including ICASEPS. In this two-day seminar, there were 12 research proposals discussed. Those were presented in five-session, namely three-session on the first day and two-session on the second day.
Role of Farmer Organization in Rural Area
On 4 February 2015, ICASEPS conducted seminar proposal presented by Ms. Naoko Goto. The presenter is a graduate student of Southeast Asian Area Study Program of the School of Asian and African Area Studies of Kyoto University. The seminar aimed at gathering inputs for the study which would be carried out in Pemalang, Central Java.
Socialization of Functional Credit Point of Researcher Assessment within ICASEPS 2015
Since January 2015, the assessment of functional credit point of researcher has been changed to which in the form of: (1) online assessment (each researcher will fulfill the assessment form through online system); and (2) imposed a new assessment system. The system is based on the Regulation of Director of LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Science) Number 2 year 2014 on Functional Credit Point of Researcher Assessment 2015.