Martapura, S Sumatra (ANTARA) - Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Harvick Hasnul Qolbi, opened the “Millennial Farmer Jamboree” in Tebing Sari, Ogan Komering Ulu Timur district, South Sumatra, to help raise the younger generation's interest in agriculture.

The three-day event is being attended by 500 young farmers from 17 districts and cities in South Sumatra and one representative from Java Island, Qolbi informed in Martapura on Saturday.

At the event, Qolbi lauded the South Sumatra provincial government and Ogan Komering Ulu Timur district administration for their dedication to advancing agriculture by involving local millennial farmers.

The goal of the jamboree is to improve performance and develop young agricultural entrepreneurs and millennial farmers so that Indonesia's agricultural productivity can increase, he explained.

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The event will help millennial farmers strengthen their partnership network and learn more about the use of agricultural tools and machinery units. With more insights and broad partnerships, the local economy in agriculture is expected to improve.

"Per the directive of President Joko Widodo, the vision of the Agriculture Ministry this year is to realize quality human resources in agriculture that are ready to create jobs," Qolbi said.

Meanwhile, South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru said that millennial farmers must organize special programs and movements to help the government control food inflation.

"Millennial farmers in South Sumatra must be pioneers in optimizing the South Sumatra Independent Food Movement (GSMP)," he said.

Moreover, South Sumatra province has great potential in agriculture so the younger generation must cultivate and develop it for the future, he added.

"Therefore, I hope this jamboree can build the younger generation's interest in agriculture and help increase national food production, especially in the South Sumatra region," he said.

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