Bayu Priyambodo

Bayu Priyambodo

I am a forthcoming PhD candidate under the John Allwright Fellowship scheme which was awarded under an ACIAR project that I led in Lombok, Indonesia.  I normally work as a Researcher at the Lombok Marine Aquaculture Development Centre, but will commence preparatory studies at UNSW in late 2012 and then my PhD program in March 2013.  My main research interests have focussed on developing farming technologies for spiny lobsters, but my PhD research is moving towards understanding factors that influence adoption of the technology by cage-based farmers in Indonesia.

The spiny lobster industry is fairly young in Indonesia.  To develop a sustainable industry and protect wild stocks and ensure sensible economic growth, improved management practices and scientifically-tested technologies need to be adopted by farmers.  However, adoption of technology often depends on properly designed extension strategies. Most studies are narrow in that they relate to a single ethnic group or farmer profile. Whilst there is a lot to learn from these studies, it is important to apply knowledge with caution given that the lobster industry is new and the farmer profiles and ethnicities are different. Also, the technologies can be different from studies by others.  My study will, therefore, provide a better understanding of how extension needs to be designed and implemented to maximise farmer adoption of new technologies for lobster farming. The time is right to take on this research because the industry could start to develop rapidly and the farmers need to adopt the technology. We need to be sure we are in a good position to facilitate this process with knowledge at hand.

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