MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, MAGELANG — The Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment collaborated with Universitas Muhammadiyah Magelang (UNIMMA) to switch tobacco farming to multicultural agriculture.
The transition from tobacco plants to multicultural crops also answers the challenges of the contemporary world, whose food sovereignty is threatened. Chairman of the Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment, M. Nurul Yamien, said that responses to global food crises affecting Indonesia are urgent.
“The Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment undertakes institutional innovation and farmer regeneration, including piloting multicultural agriculture,” said M. Nurul Yamin.
Responding to global phenomena could be done by strengthening local or regional agriculture. Besides, considering that Indonesian farming methods still need to be integrated, the Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment invited Indonesian farmers to support integrated agricultural ecosystems through smart farming.
Meanwhile, staff of the Research and Community Service Office of the UNIMMA, Retno Rusdjijati, said that Indonesian agriculture has a lot of issues, including the crisis of farmer regeneration. Thus, the UNIMMA in collaboration with Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment initiated the development of millennial farmers to maintain the sustainability of Indonesian farmers.
“The UNIMMA hopes that Muhammadiyah Council for Community Empowerment can provide programs for piloting millennial farmer schools,” said Retno.
The collaboration was also expected to establish a multicultural farming community to reinforce and increase the bargaining value of farmers as the pillars of the Indonesian nation.