PPKS of Medan is the world's largest producer of oil palm seeds with a production of 35 million--40 million seeds per year in 2008, up from 30 million seeds in 2007.
In the past several years, the seed production of PPKS of Medan has continued to scale up boosted by growing demand from large and small plantations.
As the owner of genetic material to be used and developed as parent trees, PPKS of Medan will act as a supervisor and evaluator in the development of the parent plantation.
As a non profit research center owned by the government the PPKS of Medan allocates at least 30% of its seed production for smallholders including smallholder nucleus plantations (PIR) and for the Plantation Service.
The PPKS of Medan, on June 2009 plans to sell new varieties called DxP 540 and DxP 718 with a productivity of 40 tons of fresh fruit bunches (TBS) per hectares per year.
The PPKS of Medan in 2009 hopes to produce only 35 million shoots--smaller than the sales of 51.
The seed varieties developed by the center are DxP Sungai Pancur 1, DxP Sungai Pancur 2, DxP Avros, DxP Lame, DxP Yangambi; DxP PPKS 540 and DxP Marihat.
The PPKS of Medan as the largest producer of oil palm seeds in Indonesia, sells oil palm seeds at prices of Rp6,000 to Rp7,000 per shoot.
PPKS offers a discount of 10% for farmers meeting certain conditions in line with the instruction of the government.
Last year, PPKS sold 30% of its seeds to farmers and the rest to state company PT.