Overview of the Current Vanilla Sectors in Indonesia and PNG and its Practices
Pt. Flores Komoditi Vanilla Plantations
Introduced in Bogor JAWA by the Dutch in 1819, vanilla was not a major crop for the Dutch ingredients industry. For more than a century the government focused on food crops and more valuable commodities related to trading. Indonesian research centers have developed hybrid cultivars such as "BIO-FOB" that are resistant and resilient to fusarium and with high vanillin potential. Although quality vanilla is a combination of good agricultural practices and proper post harvesting process, the lack of knowledge in Indonesia results in a poor-quality end product that stayed behind the bourbon type for decades. On top of that, the vanilla sector suffers with the smuggling of different origins and types of cured beans coming from PNG and Irian Jaya that ends up in the collecting system with a very poor-quality product at the end.
Mr. Winandy will give quick overview of the current sector in Indonesia as well as correlating different cultural systems, intensive or conventional, either in volcanic or coral based soils that characterize Indonesia and its impact on the end product. Indonesian Vanilla, if handled properly, tackles the bourbon type either on the aromatic profile and vanillin content. With a proper understanding, the "Flores Komoditi Plantations" model can be adapted to different ecosystems over the world. This is what we are now replicating in Brazil.
Iganace Winandy is the Founder and Co-Owner of Pt. Flores Komoditi Vanilla Plantations.