Indonesia Has Institute of Palm Oil Technology

MEDAN – State-owned plantation holding company PT. Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III has established a college named the Institute of Palm Oil Technology (ITSI), which is based in Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, the second largest palm oil producing province in Indonesia.

The palm oil college was officially inaugurated by North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi and Perkebunan Nusantara President Director Mohammad Abdul Ghani in Medan on Friday, 18 March 2022.

Managed by PT LPP Agro Nusantara, a subsidiary of PTPN III, ITSI will specialize on development of quality human resource needed by the palm oil industry in Indonesia.

ITSI, which is previously named the institute of agriculture and plantation (STIPAP), has 6 undergraduate study programs, namely agribusiness, plant protection, information technology and system, chemical engineering, plantation cultivation, and plantation product processing technology.

Mohammad Abdul Ghani said that ITSI will help Indonesia in strengthening its competitiveness at the global market of agricultural and plantation products, including its top plantation commodity palm oil.

“ITSI designs and applies innovative learning process for students, which are tailored to the need of Indonesia’s palm oil industry. With the establishment of ITSI, we’ll have more quality human resources who will in turn help strengthen our competitiveness at the global market. Sumatera is Indonesia’s center of power in terms of palm oil. So, the establishment of ITSI in North Sumatera is the right decision,” he said in a press statement on Sunday, 20 March 2022.

He added that aside from functioning as a center of education, ITSI will also function as a center of research and development to find innovative solutions that will accelerate the development of Indonesian palm oil industry from upstream sector to downstream sector and strengthen Indonesia’s food resilience.

Also held in conjunction with the launching ceremony are seminar, national workshops, training for farmers, exhibitions, and signing of memorandums of understanding (MoU) with a number of institutions. (*)