The Hasanuddin University Faculty of Agriculture Team together with the Deputy Chancellor for Partnership, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Business, Prof. Dr. Eng. Adi Maulana, S.T., M.Phil paid a visit to a company that has the potential to become a partner while monitoring the adaptation of hybrid corn in collaboration with Unhas partners, Saturday (18/2/2023).
The first visit was conducted at PT. Tunas Widji Inti Nayottama (PT. TWINN), a local seed agribusiness company engaged in the supply of superior hybrid corn and hybrid rice seeds in Kediri Regency, East Java. During the visit, the Unhas and the company discussed the potential for cooperation that could be forged by the two agencies, especially the processing of hybrid corn.
Director of PT. TWINN, Rakimin, SP welcomed the arrival of the Unhas team. Rakimin expressed that he hoped that this collaboration could benefit local farmers in South Sulawesi through Unhas.
“We also want to eliminate the assumption that farming is not a popular profession. Even though there are so many profitable aspects in agriculture, for example the processing of this hybrid corn, we hope that the possible cooperation with Unhas can reduce this assumption, “he said.
Responding to this, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture Unhas, Prof. Dr. Ir. Salengke, M.Sc that the Faculty of Agriculture opens wide the potential for cooperation with partners. He revealed that many farmers are not interested in cultivating hybrid corn because the seeds are considered expensive compared to regular corn, thereby reducing the interest of local farmers.
“We hope that we can create synergy in working together, especially if the aim is to provide education on new concepts and systems to local farmers,” explained Prof. Salengke.
Prof. Adi Maulana as Deputy Chancellor 4 on this occasion said that this collaboration could be an opportunity for farmers who have not made maximum use of their land.
“Unhas already has plantation land so we can start from there before educating local farmers about how these hybrid corn seeds work and what differentiates them from ordinary corn,” he added.
The journey was then continued by monitoring the adaptation of hybrid corn plantations in collaboration with Unhas and CV. Trubus Gumelar in Ponorogo Regencies, East Java and Klaten, Central Java. The next planned visit will be made after the hybrid corn is ready to be harvested.