Holding Public Lecture, Faculty of Agriculture Presents Speakers from the University of Colombo

The Unhas Faculty of Agriculture held a Public Lecture entitled “Agricultural Entrepreneurship: Growing Green Business,” presenting speakers from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Prof. B. Nishantha. The activity took place at LT 6 Faperta starting at 9.30 WITA until finished (30/10).

Starting the activity, Prof. Muhammad Arsyad as moderator introduced the profiles of the speakers and the topics that would be discussed. According to him, this topic will really help the agribusiness students who attend here.

“Prof Nishantha has research related to entrepreneurship but with a new concept, namely green entrepreneurship, I think some of us have just heard this term,” he said.

Before opening the activity, Dr. Ir. Mahyuddin as Vice Dean for Partnership, Research and Innovation expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the presence of resource persons at Unhas, especially the Faculty of Agriculture. He said that the arrival of a professional was a rare opportunity so he hoped that the students who attended would make the most of this opportunity.

“This material is of course very relevant not only for the agribusiness study program but all students at the Faculty of Agriculture because there are entrepreneurship courses for all departments at Faperta,” he explained. 

Dr. Mahyuddin also added that the mission of the Faculty of Agriculture is to produce alumni who have understanding, knowledge and skills related to entrepreneurship. This is the benchmark for the Faculty of Agriculture to organize various activities to collaborate with the industrial world, business world, and other institutions that can provide opportunities for students and alumni.

Prof. Nishantha was grateful for the warm welcome from the Faculty of Agriculture, Unhas. He asked students to consider this activity as a forum for discussion and exchange of views regarding agricultural entrepreneurship.

In his presentation, he explained that an entrepreneur is a person who can make changes or someone who can see opportunities in the market and then come up with innovative ideas. Entrepreneurs are able to detect issues that exist in society and then try to create something that can overcome these problems.

“Agricultural entrepreneurship is almost the same as entrepreneurship in general, but we start from the agribusiness concept. An agricultural entrepreneur must be able to work smartly and be able to identify all the opportunities,” he explained.

Furthermore, Prof. Nishanta added that agricultural entrepreneurs must prioritize environmental safety and resilience while creating innovation and profits. He said that is what is known as the term green entrepreneurship.