The development of Food Estate in the North Sumatra Province continues to be encouraged by the central government together with the local government by cooperating with the campus.
The central government, through the DiChancellorate General of Horticulture, Ministry of Agriculture, cooperates with the Provincial Government of North Sumatra and the Universitas Sumatera Utara and Del University of the Institute of Technology to boost the success of the program.
USU Chancellor, Dr Muryanto Amin who attended the Potato Harvest and Kick Off Food Estate activities covering an area of 785 hectares in Ria-ria Village, Pollung District, Humbang Hasundutan Regency, Tuesday (3/23) said, at least there are several points that are the main focus in developing This Food Estate.
“One of them is reducing the use of pesticide fertilizers. This needs to be socialized and supported to be implemented by local farmers. The environmental impact must also be considered by farmers so that they expect farmers to be supported to use more natural fertilizers,” he said.
In addition, farmers' production must be supported in order to improve the welfare of the farmers themselves. According to him, the welfare of farmers is an important focus to be achieved so that farmers can improve their standard of living. Therefore, USU is ready to reduce its academic community in promoting the welfare of farmers
“Through the Merdeka-Merdeka Learn Campus program, USU will contribute by sending students and lecturers to apply their knowledge in this existing land. All faculties can contribute, not only the faculty of agriculture, but the faculty of engineering and others can also contribute,” he said.
The Chancellor of USU believes that collaboration between the campus and the central and local governments will make the Food Estate program more targeted and achieve the goals that have been set together. The Chancellor of the Del Institute of Technology, Prof. Ir Togar M Simatupang, M Tech, Ph. The activity hopes that this collaboration will have a good impact on the development of the Food Estate.
“This momentum is good for the development of this Food Estate in the future. The joining of USU and IT Del provides great potential for the success of this program. USU and IT Del have often collaborated so that they already know each other,” the IT Del Chancellor said.
With the presence of USU and IT Del, cooperation and synergy so that the process of seeding, cultivation, harvesting, and marketing can be well facilitated. Of course this will have an impact on the welfare of farmers. As a result, the empowerment of the surrounding community can be carried out and has a real impact.
"As the Governor of North Sumatra has said, the onion produced by North Sumatra is only 9%, in the future the governor expects onion production to be above 20%. This will have a real impact on the community,” he added.
The Potato Harvesting and Kick Off Food Estate activities were attended by the Governor of North Sumatra, the leadership of the DiChancellorate General from across ministries, as well as regional leaders of Humbang Hasundutan Regency. The whole group is scheduled to conduct a review and harvest the first potato.