IDN Times - Poultry Business Is Still Attractive, Millennials Need More Role

22 Jan 2022

Bandung, IDN Times - Indonesia is an agricultural country, making the agricultural sector one of the pillars to support economic growth and food security. Meanwhile, livestock plays a strategic role in financial turnover as a sub-sector of agriculture.

The growth of animal husbandry in Indonesia can affect food security efforts to meet animal protein needs and empower the community's economy to spur the development of a region. So, don't be surprised if livestock is still one of the business opportunities that can be an option.

However, the problem is that the agriculture industry lacks young talents (millennials and gen z). Therefore, a collaboration between stakeholders is needed so that young people can contribute their capabilities to develop livestock ecosystems in Indonesia.

1. Broiler and layer are still a lucrative business opportunity
According to data received by IDN Times, the demand for chicken meat and eggs in 2005-2030 is estimated to grow by 61 and 39 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows that the agricultural sector experienced the highest growth among other business sectors in the second quarter of 2021.

This sector grew by 12.93 percent compared to the previous quarter. In fact, since the beginning of the pandemic until now, the agricultural sector has never experienced a minus. When other industries slumped, the agricultural sector proved to be resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apart from these two data, many other data show that agriculture with the livestock sub-sector will still be profitable in the next few years.


2. Knowledge transfer is required between students and farmers
However, the problem is that education and training are currently less focused on development in the agricultural sector. In fact, the agribusiness industry in Indonesia is increasingly in need of resources, especially the young generation who are competent to regenerate agricultural business actors who also participate in developing its ecosystem in Indonesia.

These challenges and issues in the agricultural world require the private sector to provide solutions. One of them is the one held by the Edufarmers International Foundation (previously Japfa Foundation), which launched the Farming for the Country program, which aims to improve the welfare of smallholder farmers.

In collaboration with the Rabo Foundation, this program will bring together students with laying hens in East Java. The hope is that they can transfer knowledge and technology to each other so that there can be an increase in productivity.

"This internship program is open to the public with a maximum age of 35 years, and a minimum education equivalent to a vocational degree preferably majored in animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, and business management," said Lucky Nurrahmat, COO of Edufarmers, in a release received by IDN Times, Wednesday (5/1/2021).


3. Program closes on January 14, 2022
The program is planned to be implemented offline in East Java for six months. The series of programs will begin with a month-long Bootcamp for participants to get to know the animal husbandry business, the impact of climate change, and maintenance in greater depth.

"During the program, participants will be accompanied by the best mentors in the livestock industry. Interns will receive transportation allowances and monthly allowances," said Lucky.

Registration for this program will close on January 14, 2022. The public can register directly with the conditions that have been shared through Instagram @edufarmers and @bertaniuntuknegeri.

For now, Lucky ensures that there is no other program like Bertani Untuk Negeri that gives young people the opportunity to learn agricultural practices, especially the livestock industry, directly from experts.

On the other hand, said Lucky, "interns can meet friends from all over Indonesia, creating an impact for smallholder farmers together."

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