MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, BOGOR – Muhammadiyah initiated a green revolution through the Muhammadiyah Council for its Environmental Preservation (MLH), utilizing its productive waqf land, in line with Indonesia’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2060.
One of the locations to implement the initiative was at the Muhammadiyah branch of Cileungsi in collaboration with PT Agri Karbon Nusantara to demonstrate their determination to promote sustainable agricultural transformation.
On Sunday (July 30), both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), marking the Waqf Land of PCM Cileungsi in Sodong Village as the experimental site for soybean cultivation using biochar technology.
Hidayat Tri, a member of the Community Empowerment Division of the MLH, mentioned that the initiative offered a comprehensive strategy that focuses on enhancing agricultural productivity, knowledge, and skills. Thus, education plays a significant role in this initiative.
“The Muhammadiyah branch of CIleungsi and Muhammadiyah institutions from pre-schools to high schools are strategic targets to be proactive generation to address climate change,” said Hidayat Tri.
Meanwhile, Hanafi Guciano, the MLH Expert Council member, initiates and facilitates the collaboration between PCM Cileungsi and PT Agro Karbon Nusantara. He mentioned the importance of this initiative as Muhammadiyah has abundant resources, including unproductive waqf land.
“The utilization of biochar technology in soybean cultivation offers a substantial contribution to reducing greenhouse gases, which are a major cause of global warming,” said Hanafi in the groundbreaking ceremony, also attended by representatives from PT Mapanji Kamila Graha and Yayasan Sehati Asnaf Indonesia (SAI) as strategic partners from both sides.
The partnership has the potential to mark a new era of eco-friendly and sustainable agriculture in Indonesia.
Additionally, Eko Hendro, the chairman of the Muhammadiyah branch of Cileungsi, mentioned that Muhammadiyah high school students would be engaged in soybean cultivation using biochar technology, so they also gain knowledge and enrich their skills in sustainable agriculture.