KUPANG-The breakthrough made by a millennial farmer from Kupang City, Yohanes Malaipada, deserves to be an inspiration. Because, he is able to conquer dry land and successfully manage the horticulture business.
This spirit is in line with the direction of the Minister of Agriculture (Mentan), Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL) when talking about millennial farmers. “Millennial farmers must be observant in seeing great opportunities for the development of agricultural products, including the horticulture sector. By utilizing horticulture, farmers can support the strength of the country’s economy,” said SYL in a written statement on Public Relations of SMK PP Negeri Kupang, Wednesday (18/8).
Meanwhile, the Head of the Agricultural Human Resources Extension and Development Agency (BPPSDMP), Ministry of Agriculture, Dedi Nursyamsi revealed that the progress of the agricultural sector is strongly supported by competitive human resources.
“Agriculture requires reliable and superior human resources as millennial agricultural entrepreneurs who are reliable, creative, innovative, professional, and able to absorb as many agricultural sector jobs as possible,” he said.
And the profile of Agricultural HR is in the figure of Yohanes Malaipada. With his tenacity and toughness, Yohanes was able to prove that even though he was in dry land, he could still produce quality horticultural agricultural products.
“We will continue to develop the business of kailan vegetables, radish vegetables, caisim vegetables, pakcoy vegetables, tomatoes, pitcay vegetables because during a pandemic like this, people increase their body immunity by consuming organic and easily available vegetables,” said Yohanes.
He passed on his farming success to local farmers by becoming the head of the SanJoss Organic Penfui farmer group located on Jl. Taebenu, Penfui Village, Maulafa District, Kupang City.
The type of agriculture cultivated by Yohanes and his group is dry land agriculture, where the water needs of crops depend entirely on rainwater and are never flooded regularly.
“Technically, the dry land planting season is less than 120 days a year. The planting season is based on seasonal conditions and the potential planting period in one year,” he explained.
Yohanes added that the planting period in dry land agriculture is determined by the beginning of the rain. The length of the planting period is usually determined based on time series climatic data for at least 20 years which is then extrapolated and analyzed to determine the start date and end date for an area.
The main characteristics that stand out in dry land are limited water, decreasing land productivity, high variability of soil fertility, types of plant species planted, as well as social, economic and cultural aspects.
“Horticulture development on dry land because dry land has enormous potential and opportunity to be developed in the future. The challenge in developing its business so far is that the market is still lacking or uncertain so that it affects the results sold, “he explained.
Yohanes recounted that so far, he has been selling and marketing vegetables to resellers and restaurants in Kupang City and its surroundings. The turnover obtained can reach Rp. 15 million/month. (*/aln)