?Directorate of Technical Cooperation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia in coordination with Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dar es Salaam, Ministry of Agriculture and Non-Aligned Movement Center for South-South and Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) organized International Training Workshop on Agriculture Sector for African and Middle East Countries in Mkindo-Morogoro, 17-23 May 2015, as a commitment to support south-south cooperation.
The Bandung message 2015 reaffirmed the importance of South-South Cooperation as a manifestation of solidarity among Asian and African Countries. Agriculture sector is one of significant area of cooperation, considering that majority of African countries depends on the sector. Director General for Information and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Esti Andayani, in her opening remarks said her hope for the workshop to be able to contribute in the development of agriculture sector in Africa.
“I hope that the participants of this International Training Workshop will have the opportunity to enrich their understanding and knowledge on cultivation skill, agribusiness as well as learn Indonesia’s experience of zero waste processing” she said.
In the same light, Ambassador of the Republic Indonesia to Tanzania, Zakaria Anshar, said agricultural sector can reduce poverty and improve African standard of life.
“As for African region, I see encouraging signs and promising potentials. There is room for agriculture to expand. Therefore, through this workshop, Indonesia is ready to share experience, best practices, knowledge and support, to ensure that the capacity of African farmers can be developed extensively and to ensure that the development of agriculture sector in your country can be achieved,” he said.
13 delegates from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan and Tanzania participated in this workshop. The participants discuss about agriculture issues such as Rice Cultivation, Rice seed Preparation and Selection, Processing of Rice and Zero Waste, Value Addition and Processing of Horticulture Products, Marketing of Agricultural Product, and Principles of Farmer Field School. In the last day, the participants join a field visit for training.
Since 1980’s, Indonesia has been actively contributing in agriculture development in Africa through various programs such as sending technical staff, expert and skilled farmers to African countries, providing apprentice program for African farmers in Indonesia, organizing training and workshop on agriculture, and providing agricultural equipments and machineries for African farmers.
Indonesia also built two agricultural training centers known as FARTC (Farmers Agricultural Research and Training Center) in 1996; in Jenoi, Zambia (for West Africa) and in Mkindo, Morogoro, Tanzania (For East Africa). It was built from Indonesian farmers fund under Indonesian Farmers Society Foundation (YAMPI).