Wednesday, 19 January 2022 | 18:44 WIB

Villages Ministry: New Approach Needed to Transform Agriculture

Anwar Sanusi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (special)

BALI, NETRALNEWS.COM - Anwar Sanusi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration, says the four priority programs of the Ministry of Villages in agriculture comprise of village reservoirs, leading village products, Village Owned Enterprises (BUMDes), and open space facilities in villages .

He said the need for food has increased, but the availability of key resources, such as land and water for agriculture, and food production, has declined. This will have an impact on food security in the future.

This was conveyed by Anwar in the Workshop on Agricultural Transformation in collaboration with the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) which began on Monday (9/30/2019) in Bali.

"Therefore, a new approach is needed to transform agriculture. This workshop is expected to be able to review agricultural transformation policies and programs from every country," he said.

The Ministry of Villages has collaborated with the Asian Productivity Organization four times in carrying out capacity building activities for productivity.

In 2019, the program held titled Workshop on Agricultural Transformation, invited representatives from 20 APO member countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Japan, China, Iran, India, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, Mongolia and Laos. As for Malaysia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Singapore did not send representatives.

In this workshop, learning was provided with speakers from Japan and South Korea, country paper presentations, group discussions, and field trips.

Meanwhile, Kenji Watanabe, Representative of APO, said that agricultural transformation was the main subject in agriculture. Participants may share the agricultural transformation carried out in their country.

"This workshop is also expected to be the beginning of further collaboration in the field of agricultural transformation." He said.

The same thing was expressed by representatives of the Indonesian National Productivity Organization (NPO), Astri Christafilia. Astri said that this activity was very important because participants could share knowledge, ideas, and experiences from their respective countries.

"This is our effort to deal with technological changes in agriculture in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 era. The concept of agricultural transformation might have its own rules or laws to be able to continue to protect the role of our workforce," she explained.