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UB Lecturer Achieve GEMPITA Award 2018

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Submit by ireneparamita on November 20, 2018 | Comment(s) : 0 | View : 1030

A lecturer at Faculty of Agriculture Brawijaya University Dr. Anton Muhibuddin achieves GEMPITA Award 2018. GEMPITA (Gerakan Pemuda Tani Indonesia/Indonesian Peasant Youth Movement) was delivered directly by Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman at Banjar Baru on Friday (19/Oct/2018), in a series of event so-called Strengthening the Next Generation of Farmers and World Food Day Commemoration.

Anton achieves the award because he is considered contributing to realize the independence of young farmers. He changes the youth's paradigm on waste, encouraging independence of prosperous young groups by serving farmers at their surroundings.

"Since 2012 I educate and train farmers in numerous Indonesian regions like Aceh, Palembang, Bangka Belitung, Lampung, Pontianak, Makassar, Lombok, Denpasar, Alor, Jombang and Kediri. There in various regions, I provide enrichment on natural resources in Indonesia that can be used in agriculture. Such as training on making compost or biological fertilizers, the making of biological agent, the making of biological pesticide, and correct crop cultivation techniques," he explained.

According to Anton, the majority of farmers in the area haven't used waste properly. Finally, the farmers are very burdened with waste and they have no choices but using chemical fertilizers. Thus, farmers' dependence on chemical fertilizers is very high. Whereas with proper management, waste can become compost, bio-ethanol, briquettes and so on.

With the training we provide, increasing knowledge and skill in using waste until utilization of natural resources in form of indigenous microbes owned by nature, farmer behavior patterns can change significantly and can increase farmers' independence. GEMPITA considered commitment and consistent efforts shown deserves an award," said Vice President of Global Microbes Experts Association.

GEMPITA Award 2018 is presented for figures who have dedication and real work to support farmer regeneration program in Indonesia. Besides Anton, there are other four figures who achieve the award due their success to encourage youth returned to love profession of farmer and to become the main actor in farmer corporation. They are Governor of South Kalimantan H. Sahbirin Noor, Governor of West Sumatera Dr. H. Irwan Prayitno, S.Psi, M.Sc, Gorontalo Regent Prof. Nelson Pomalingu and Buru Regent Ramly I Umasugi, S.Pi., M.M [Irene/Humas UB/trans. Denok]




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