MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, BATANG – Visiting the Suket Ijo Farmer and Breeder Group of the Muhammadiyah Branch (PRM) of Sodong, Wonotunggal District, Batang Regency, the Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment Council (MPM) hoped that the Suket Ijo group will become the pioneer of Muhammadiyah’s female farmers.
The Chairperson of the MPM M. Nurul Yamien said that the emergence of a community of female farmers and breeders is good news because farming is not only dominated by men.
“The female farmer community has affiliated in a group called Suket Ijo,” said Yamien on Friday (17/3).
Suket Ijo stands for Sabar (Patient), Ulet (Hardworking), Kreatif (Creative), Ekonomis (Economical), and Terampil (Skilled), while the word “Ijo” is an acronym for Ikhlas (Sincere), Jujur (Honest), and Optimis (Optimistic). Yamien added that the female farmer group is the hope of Indonesia’s agriculture that the number of farmers in Indonesia is currently declining.
“Thus, the life of Indonesian farmers and agriculture, especially those initiated by Muhammadiyah through the Jamaah Tani Muhammadiyah, will be one of Muhammadiyah’s concerns,” she said.
Yamien wished that a model for the management of waqf land would emerge from the Jamaah Tani Muhammadiyah. Considering that Muhammadiyah has a significant amount of waqf land, the MPM needs to synergize with Muhammadiyah councils, institutions, or bodies, especially the Waqf Utilization Council.
“I think synergy among councils is necessary, and for the development of agriculture in the Muhammadiyah Regional Board (PDM) of Batang Regency, the Jamaah Tani Muhammadiyah can synergize with Lazismu, the Waqf Council, and ‘Aisyiyah,” said Yamien.
Furthermore, the Suket Ijo Farmer and Breeder Group began from the shared awareness of the importance of effective, productive, and sustainabe breeding to improve welfare. Suket Ijo has been active since early 2020, initiated by the mothers of residents of Dukuh Silegok, Sodong Village, Wonotunggal, Batang.
These female farmers are also active in ‘Aisyiyah and Nasyiatul Aisyiyah, who are professionals with knowledge and skills in farming and breeding. These skills have been passed down through generations, but at that time, they were not affiliated as they are now.