Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | 11:24 WIB

Agriculture Minister to send 40 Farmers to Study Modern Agriculture in Taiwan

Agriculture Minister, Village Minister, and SOE Minister during a crop harvest in Ciamis

JAKARTA, NNC - Agriculture Minister Andi Amran made a working visit to Taiwan and was greeted directly by the Taiwanese Agriculture Minister Tsung-Hsien Lin last week. Indonesia and Taiwan agrees to a partnership for the Indonesian Farmer Internship Program in Taiwan.

Minister Amran is extremely serious in promoting the use of modern technology and innovative agricultural human resources to accelerate agricultural development, which not only impacts on the increase of production, but also the realization of food sovereignty and the welfare of farmers.

"We held an informal meeting with Taiwan's Agriculture Minister. Taiwan offers an apprenticeship program that provides opportunities for Indonesian farmers to study modern farming systems directly from Taiwanese farmers," Amran said in Jakarta on Monday, Oct 15.

Amran says the collaboration is very strategic to support the Agriculture Ministry's program in creating innovative agricultural human resources. Because without human resources and technology, its impossible for the agricultural sector to advance and Indonesia will become the world's food base.

"The Terms of Reference for the implementation of the internship program will be discussed intensively by both parties. Its hoped that the first stage of apprenticeship program could be realized for 40 Indonesian farmers in the near future," Amran said.

Amran said the internship program would continue to be expanded in the future including an internship program in to increase the capacity of Indonesian human resources for the development of the sugar industry.

The visit to Taiwan also discussed Taiwan's investment commitment to developing the Indonesian sugar industry valuing IDR 20 trillion, opening an Indonesian mangosteen export market to Taiwan, and cooperating in the Rain Water Harvesting System development.

"This is a form of commitment to strengthen partnership that are mutually beneficial for both parties," he concluded.