Agrocamp with IAAS & Indmira
June 8, 2017 - News
On Friday and Saturday, 12-13 Mei 2017, PT. Indmira and IAAS¹ Chapter UGM² held a collaboration in the form of live in and discussion with farmers called ‘IAAS Agrocamp with Indmira’.
The activities took place in Banjarsari village, Kecamatan Pakem, Sleman, Yogyakarta. This event was opened to public and cost Rp 100 thousand per person. The objective was to get youthhs closer to agriculture.
During the camp, participants entered the daily life of a farmer. They stayed at farmers’ homes and participated in the fields. Several farming challenges were presented and discussed.
There were 22 participants, and on the first day, they were introduced to Indmira. We showed them the hydroponics installations to grow various vegetables and packaging of farm products.
The next stop for the participants was the homestay, Banjarsari village, where the villagers received them warmly. The guests were divided into groups of two to four people, and one group for one home. The warm atmosphere enveloped the activities. Guests and hosts had laughter filled conversations as they enjoyed the traditional food together. At 20:30, the campers got together to have discussions on the problems faced by farmers as well as the possible solutions. This session was also in a group format and each group presented the results of their discussion.
On the second day, the participants were invited to the rice fields to witness a wiwitan ceremony, which is a traditional ceremony in Jogja to thank God for the bounty they are about to receive from the rice harvest. They also participated in the harvest the rice using a traditional tool, called ani-ani.
The excursion continued to three other places; salak orchard, chrysanthemum garden, and mushroom farm. The tasks for the participants were analyzing the potential, planning for further development, and solving problems that might be faced at every location. They worked in groups and presented the results of their discussions at the end of the trip. One of the main takeaways was from the chrysanthemum garden in which farming was not solely dependent on the monetary value of a commodity but on what farmers thought was appropriate for the land.
Agrocamp ended with a visit to an organic rice cultivation in Pakembinangun. The grains from this farm are certified organic, and the varieties are mentik wangi, sembada merah red rice, and sembada hitam black rice. All these grains are local varieties.
Through Agrocamp, Indmira and IAAS hoped that more youths would take up agriculture and appreciate the effort of local farmers. Food-independent Indonesia would not only be a dream.
¹IAAS = International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences
²UGM = Universitas Gadjah Mada/Gadjah Mada University