Pass 4.0, Agriculture will Remain an Important Sector in Era 5.0 – Minister of Agriculture (Mentan), Syahrul Yasin Limpo said, era 4.0 has passed and Indonesia will soon enter era 5.0. Agriculture will remain an important sector in that era, so the use of technology and mechanization in agriculture is inevitable.

“In my opinion, a developed nation is a nation with a good religion and good agriculture. It means, if you want good villages, good sub-districts, good districts, good provinces, and good countries, then improve religion and agriculture,” he said, opening the event at BBPP Batangkaluku, Gowa, South Sulawesi, Sunday (4/7/2021).

The Minister of Agriculture’s presence was in the Training on the Utilization of Alsintan (agricultural tools and machines) to Increase Productivity of Rice Planting, to thousands of extension workers and farmers in Indonesia. The event was attended by thousands of participants offline (virtually), which was organized by the Agricultural Human Resources Extension and Development Agency (BPPSDMP).

The man who was once the Governor of South Sulawesi emphasized that farming is great and cool. Even when Covid-19 hit the world and left everyone helpless including the world economy slowing down, agriculture was able to become a sector that survived and grew.

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“If we look at the GDP, only agriculture has increased, all other sectors are minus. Our exports also increased by 15.79 percent, with a value of Rp.451.77 trillion in 2020. This year, only in the first quarter, we have contributed 39.99 percent. This means that agriculture is needed,” he said.

As the main actor in agricultural development in Indonesia, said SYL, agricultural performance is also determined by the work of extension workers and farmers. He encouraged BPPSDMP to be able to provide training and produce trained personnel to continue to move agriculture in a more advanced, independent and modern direction.

“BPPSDMP with all the head of the ministry must prepare people and be trained to improve the quality of agriculture. Increase the Farmer’s Exchange Rate and the Agricultural Business Exchange Rate, prepare 1 million people,” he said.

The use of technology, he continued, can be utilized as much as possible. The quality of human resources is very important, including the use of mechanization.

He hopes that the Agriculture War Room (AWR) he built can support agricultural development in all aspects, from preparing trained human resources to selling digital-based farmer products.

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“We have to bring innovation to support it. For example, presenting taxi tractors in each district. Other countries have used technology, so have we. Agriculture should not be just a theory. PPL must hold HP and connect with AWR every Friday. R & D should be maximized, create new varieties. Find out, why America and Japan can excel. Because we should also be like them,” he said.

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