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Medco and Bayer Committed to Continuously Revitalizing Vocational High Schools (SMK) in Merauke

2017-10-05 10:00
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MERAUKE, Indonesia, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Medco Group collaborates with Crop Science Division of PT Bayer Indonesia to encourage the acceleration of revitalization of Vocational High School (SMK) and strengthening vocational education promoted by the ministry of education. Four SMKs in Medco's work area in Merauke, Papua, have been included in the program.

(Left-Right) Laksmi Prasvita, Head of Communications and Public Affairs PT Bayer Indonesia; Mohan Babu, PT Bayer Indonesia Crop Science Division's Director; Sularso, Vice Regent of Merauke; Budi Basuki, Medco Group Director; Benni Rosa, GM Agriculture & Forestry Medco Papua Group.
(Left-Right) Laksmi Prasvita, Head of Communications and Public Affairs PT Bayer Indonesia; Mohan Babu, PT Bayer Indonesia Crop Science Division's Director; Sularso, Vice Regent of Merauke; Budi Basuki, Medco Group Director; Benni Rosa, GM Agriculture & Forestry Medco Papua Group.

The cooperation between Medco and Bayer Indonesia in this initiative was marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding agreement on Wednesday (4/10) morning at the Medco agricultural training center in Wapeko, witnessed by Vice Regent of Merauke, Sularso, after the previous day both parties together with the local government and related ministries inaugurated mentoring program of Industrial Work Practices (Prakerin) SMK agriculture in Merauke.

"The government has a big task to prepare a lot of reliable and skilled workers. The strengthening of vocational education is one way out. And this is not a task that can be solved alone. Therefore, we are very pleased to be in synergy with big companies like Bayer Indonesia, "said Budi Basuki, Director of Medco Group.

"Local governments have a passion for graduates of agricultural vocational schools in Merauke to become modern farmers who can encourage the acceleration of development in Papua. The Ministry of Education then saw this initiative as the momentum of revitalizing SMK in eastern Indonesia. Bayer Indonesia is also committed in the field of education of the young generation to print modern Indonesian farmers in the future. Departing from the potential and existing support is then Medco, through the Medco Foundation, become integrators for all parties involved, "said Budi.

Medco provides land facilities for training centers and integrated agricultural laboratories, accompanies the adjustment of agricultural education vocational curriculum, establishes Farmer Field Schools, and mobilizes resources to make this cooperation successful.

Director of Crop Science Division PT Bayer Indonesia, Mohan Babu, said Bayer plays an active role in building modern agriculture around the world. "Through this partnership program we hope that the trainees can become better skilled farmers, so that they can improve agricultural production in Indonesia, and even become entrepreneurs who can provide added value for the people in their respective areas," said Mohan, after the signing memorandum of cooperation agreement.

In this partnership, Bayer Indonesia will take a role in providing learning media for vocational students in agriculture, developing concepts and modules along with agricultural industry education materials, providing professional mentors to support the teaching-learning process, combining best practices of agricultural development in accordance with the needs of local agricultural industries.

Earlier on Tuesday (3/10), Vice Regent of Merauke, Sularso, released the students' departure as well as launched an agricultural learning facility at Wapeko as a sign of the start of industrial cooperation assistance program (Prakerin) for four Vocational Schools (SMK) in agriculture field in that area .

The inauguration of Prakerin's assistance was also followed by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Medco Papua and four agricultural vocational schools in Merauke, each of SMKN 1 Jagebob, SMKN 1 Tanah Miring, SMKN 1 Kumbe, and Anius SMKN.

"Merauke has a high agricultural industry potential, so it takes professionals who can use modern agricultural technology. We support this program and hope that this activity can be sustainable and can print farmers in the future, to increase agricultural productivity and to realize Merauke as one of the national rice granaries, "said Deputy Regent Sularso.

Media Contact

Oktin Catur Palupi
0812 3570 5730, oktin.palupi@medcofoundation.org

Laksmi Prasvita 
Head of Communications and Public Affairs 
laksmi.prasvita@bayer.com

Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20171005/1958885-1  

Source: PT Bayer Indonesia

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