The central government through the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) held training for agricultural entrepreneurship to 1 million millennial farmers and thousands of ambassadors for reliable farmers. The program participants will be trained online to improve professionalism and competitiveness of Indonesian selling products in the international market.
Originally, the program that empowered millennial farmers had been initiated and launched by the West Java Provincial Government in February 2021. Currently, there are thousands of millennial farmers working on agriculture in four clusters, ranging from livestock, plantations, horticultural crops and fisheries.
“Regarding the central government, there are also millennial farmers, thank God West Java released it first and West Java itself in February there were nine thousand (registrants) then of course it had to be selected, we are still looking for land which is divided into four clusters,” said West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, Tuesday. (10/8/2021).
The man who is familiarly called Kang Emil said that agriculture and food will support the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. “We need an evaluation for one year, hopefully in February 2022 plus minus the big idea of this millennial farmer being able to succeed in West Java, living in a village, we can present the fortune of the city and global business,” said Kang Emil.
Previously, President Joko Widodo welcomed the initiative from the Ministry of Agriculture to hold agricultural entrepreneurship training for 1 million millennial farmers and thousands of flagship farmer ambassadors.
“We must know that competition between agricultural products is now cross-country, Indonesian farmers must be competitive in technical skills, competitive in the use of technology and competitive in business models and management,” said President Jokowi in a written statement, Friday (6/7/2021). ).
Through this training, Jokowi hopes that the farming profession can become the most promising profession. Moreover, of the current total of Indonesian farmers, 71% of them are 45 years old, while only 29% are farmers under 45 years old.
“So I ask the extension workers to continue to learn to develop themselves and improve their knowledge and skills in the technical and management fields. Keep learning with the farmers with the available internet connection,” he urged.