The Faculty of Agriculture, Hasanuddin University carried out the initial planting of testing corn for prospective varieties on Unhas Agricultural Land, Moncongloe Village, Maros Regency. Collaborating with the Farming Student Community and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), planting starts at 8.30 WITA until finished, Saturday (3/12/2022).
The corn seed planting activity was also attended by Prof. Ir. Sumbangan Baja, M.Phill., Ph.D as Secretary of the University, Prof. Dr. Eng. Adi Maulana, ST, M.Phil as Deputy Chancellor for Partnership, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business, and Prof. Dr. Ir. Salengke, M.Sc as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture Unhas.
On this occasion, Prof. Salengke expressed his appreciation to the Chancellor of Hasanuddin University who always supports innovations developed by the Faculty of Agriculture, even though he did not have the opportunity to attend in person. He hopes that the involvement of various parties can produce positive results for the University and the surrounding community.
“I think what we are doing now and what we might do in the future is the right step. At the Faculty of Agriculture we have teaching staff who are experts in their fields so that the utilization of this land for planting various types of plants will be maximized,” said Prof. Salengke.
Representing the Chancellor of Unhas, Prof. Adi Maulana said that the university urged the development of varieties to continue, especially those related to food security. He also added that the faculty fully supports the development of agricultural research and innovation.
“We are targeting Unhas to become a college that is not only leading but also independent, and we hope that activities like this will later support this process of independence,” he added.
The activity continued with the planting of corn seeds guided by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Azrai, MP and periodic checks will be carried out since the planting period. Prof. Azrai also said that this activity was not only cultivating corn but was also meant to support research in a sustainable manner.