Hasanuddin University’s Faculty of Agriculture held a Halal Bihalal in conjunction with Tudang Sipulung with the theme “Triple Helix Synergy: Higher Education, Government and Entrepreneurs, Delivering Innovative Agricultural Human Resources and Responding to Change in Facing the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in the New Normal Era”, Saturday (20/6 / 2020).
This activity is held virtually through the zoom meeting application and live streaming on the YouTube channel of the Faculty of Agriculture, Hasanuddin University. Attending the activities of Unhas Rector Prof. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture Unhas Prof. Baharuddin and Chair of the IKA Faculty of Agriculture Unhas, Agus Arifin Nu’mang.
The Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia for the 2014-2019 period, Andi Amran Sulaiman, was also present as a resource person. Also present were the Head of the Agricultural Research and Development Agency, Fadjry Djufry, Regent Sidrap Dollah Mando, Regent of North Kolaka Nur Rahman Umar and Deputy Regent of Sinjai Andi Kartini Ottong.
Starting the activity, Prof. Baharuddin explained that the Covid-19 pandemic did not disturb the relationship. Halalbihalal and Tudang Sipulung are still being held. Even though it took place virtually, this activity presented alumni from various corners of the country and abroad.
“In the midst of technological developments such as now the brotherly relationship between alumni is getting closer. This virtual meeting can be a place to greet each other and cloud each other,” he explained.
He hopes that all Unhas Agriculture alumni are committed to helping improve the welfare of farmers and overcome the problems of other nations amid the Covid-19 outbreak. On the same occasion, Agus Arifin Nu’mang as chairman of the IKA of the Faculty of Agriculture, Hasanuddin University, said that the alumni will try to always carry out their mandate in helping the community. “The alumni always try to be productive in order to be the pride of the alma mater. Innovations will continue to be made in finding solutions in the midst of the current epidemic problems,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prof. Dwia highly appreciates this activity, which is expected to present ideas to overcome the crisis. “The crisis situation is most pronounced in the economy which is getting weaker, dropping to below 3%. Therefore, this is a common focus to encourage economic growth through the agricultural sector, even though the situation is not like normal conditions,” he explained.
The role of academics including alumni is very much needed. Prof. Dwia views that one of the strategies to increase economic growth in the agricultural sector is to promote domestic industry. He also hopes that the alumni will contribute to support the concept of independent learning.
“We provide ample opportunities for alumni to become teachers and guide student practices. So, we can become millennial farmers who take good advantage of technological developments,” concluded Prof. Dwia.
After the opening, it was continued with the explanation of wisdom and reflection of halalbihalal which was delivered by the Head of Study and Tarbiyah of the Unhas Campus Mosque, Prof. Ahmad Munir, with the theme “Building Agricultural Virtue in the World and the Hereafter”.
After Halalbihalal then proceed with a sipulang hood. Andi Amran Sulaiman as Keynote Speaker gave his views on the role of government and industry in the triple helix in accordance with the theme of the discussion. According to Amran, the synergy between government, academia and industry is very important, but in implementation it is not easy to do. The government must issue regulations that can lift agriculture. Especially considering that Indonesia is an agricultural country with a large population.
“The regulation can be in the form of budget policies, determining strategic commodities needed by the people of Indonesia and the world. In addition, incentives are needed for the agricultural sector such as tax breaks for those who initiate modern agriculture,” said Amran. After presenting his views, then proceed with the presentation of material from other sources in front of approximately 300 participants.