Technical Guideline Sorghum Cultivation on Imperata Grassland or Marginal Lands

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Reni Lestari
Satya Nugroho
Kartika Ning Tyas
Mahat Magandhi
Arwan Sugiharto
I Made Sudiana
Sri Widawati
Indriati Ramadhani
Arief Noor Rachmadiyanto
Siti Roosita Ariati



All praise and gratitude be upon the One True Almighty God, who has given our health and blessing, so that we have finished writing the booklet of “Technical Guideline for Sorghum Cultivation on Imperata Grassland or Marginal Lands”. The authors also thank all who have supported in publishing this booklet, especially the leaders of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)/National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and also to all colleagues including researchers and technicians, who have been working in the fields, and all many others, who could not be mentioned in this foreword.

The book is one of the activity achievements of the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) Project, a collaboration between Kyoto University and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)/National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), that has been conducted from 2016 to 2022, with the topic “The Project for Producing Biomass Energy and Material through Revegetation of Alangalang (Imperata cylindrica) Fields (2016-2022)”. Through this SATREPS Project, technology will be developed to convert the grassland/Alangalang/marginal fields into more productive lands, and to generate and utilize the biomass for renewable energy production and environmentally friendly material.

Sorghum plant is selected to be cultivated, since it could grow on dry and unfertile lands. The plant could be utilized for many purposes, i.e., food, livestock feed, energy sources, and industrial raw materials. The plant also could be cultivated using an intercropping system with other plants, which have economic potential, are rare/endangered, and could adapt to local land and climate condition.

Finally, the authors hope this technical guideline booklet will be useful for a wide range of readers. The authors also welcome any suggestions and comments to improve the quality of this book. Thank you.


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