Teladan Prima Agro’s s research and development (R&D) activities are carried out by the Research Department, which operates under the coordination of the Assurance, Integration & Improvement Division. The research department plays an important role in finding innovative solutions and providing recommendations for improvements in productivity efficiency and environmental preservation.
Teladan Prima Agro has invested considerable resources in research and development to drive sustainable growth for the Company. TPA’s R&D activities include increasing productivity by developing quality planting materials and guiding plantation operations in implementing responsible agronomic practices.
Teladan Prima Agro has partnered and collaborated with research institutes and other companies to develop several initiatives that support the company’s performance:
Teladan Prima Agro collaborates with The French Agricultural Center for International Development (CIRAD) – a leading institution from France that is engaged in research and development. Teladan Prima Agro collaborates with CIRAD to evaluate agricultural and agronomic practices in tropical areas.
In collaboration with Felda Agricultural Service Sdn Bhd (Felda Global Ventures / FGV –Malaysia subsidiary), Teladan Prima Agro built the first Seed Garden in East Kalimantan Province.
The Seed Garden created will facilitate the production of superior oil palm planting material that yields high productivity levels. The Seed Garden area that has been built by Teladan Prima Agro rests on more than 15 hectares of land with a target production of 6 million sprouts per year to meet the needs of the domestic market.
The Seed Garden, consisting of the Dura-FGV variety as the parent of DxP Felda ML161 planted in December 2020, is currently in the nursery stage. The target of sprouts production is expected to be fulfilled in 2026. In the future, Seed Garden will also produce DxP Felda 3WAY sprouts after the license is obtained.
Teladan Prima Agro also cooperates with consultants from PT Mitra Agro Servindo (MAS) to obtain data and create fertilizer recommendations required annually by the Company to maintain the management of the plantation with high effectiveness
As part of its integrated pest management, Teladan Prima Agro utilizes owls (Tyto alba) as a natural approach to control the populations of pests and rodents. Owls are natural-born predators that primarily hunt at night for their prey. Using owls as a pest control alternative reduces the need for invasive methods such as chemical control and is proven to be effective as owls can eliminate rodents below the 10% threshold. The use of owls is also up to 50% more economical than the use of chemical control.
*Observation in February 2021