It’s Time for Indonesian Agriculture to be Technology Literate

[unpad.ac.id, 9/23/2019] Indonesia’s agricultural sector must be prepared to face a number of challenges in the industrial revolution era 4.0. The preparation of agricultural human resources (HR) with technological literacy is one of the needs.

The Director-General of Learning and Student Affairs, Kemenristekdikti RI Prof. Dr. Ismunandar is the keynote speaker at the Seminar and Workshop of the Indonesian Agricultural College Communication Forum which is held at Graha Sanusi Hardjadinata Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Monday (9/23). (Photo: Arief Maulana) *

According to the Director-General of Learning and Student Affairs, Kemenristekdikti RI Prof. Dr. Ismunandar, technological innovation in agriculture is needed to be able to attract the interest of the younger generation. Up to these days, the interest of young people in agriculture is still low.

“Perhaps through new technology, agriculture no longer has to be covered-in-dirt type work. This is so that young people want to return to agriculture again, “said Prof. Ismunandar the keynote speaker at the Seminar and Workshop of the Indonesian Agricultural College Communication Forum which was held at Grha Sanusi Hardjadinata Unpad, Jalan Dipati Ukur No. 35, Bandung, Monday (9/23).

This seminar, which was held in the 60th Dies Natalis of the Faculty of Agriculture Unpad, was collaborating with FKPTPI.

In addition to reorienting the agricultural higher education curriculum, students also need to be equipped with data literacy skills. This capability will produce various analysis of agricultural data in the form of representations that are easily seen.

“So that our graduates are not replaced by robots, in addition to being proficient in their field of science, graduates must also be equipped with new literacies,” said Prof. Ismunandar.

Meanwhile, the Acting Rector of Unpad, Prof. Dr. Rina Indiastuti, M.SIE., said that the most important implication today is preparing college graduates who are able to respond quickly to the development of the 4.0 industrial revolution in this digital era.

“Reorienting the education curriculum is a keyword so that it can fill the needs of agricultural human resources so that Indonesia can remain an agrarian country,” said Prof. Rina.

Besides reorienting the curriculum, Prof. Rina also encouraged a breakthrough in the learning system that included practitioners as lecturers in tertiary institutions.

“Not only the curriculum but education in agriculture can involve practitioners and working partners as a comprehensive briefing for students and graduates so that they can face the challenges of the industrial revolution 4.0,” said Prof. Rina.

FKPTPI Secretary-General and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture Unpad, Dr. Ir. H. Sudarjat, M.P., explained that the seminar and workshop were expected to formulate a curriculum related to changes due to the industrial revolution 4.0.

“So, we can formulate what support is needed to strengthen vocationally and applied scholars in agriculture,” said Dr. Sudarjat.

Chairman of the 2019 FKPTPI National Seminar and Workshop Committee Dr.rer.pol Ernah, S.P., said, the participants who attended the National Seminar and Workshop were approximately 623 people from various Faculties of Agriculture in 165 universities throughout Indonesia.*

Reported by Rana Aushaf dan Arief Maulana/am.

Translated by Trisha Adelia

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