SAS21 project in Indonesia: activities in review


The SAS21 project is in full swing working on Improving demand-driven vocational training & education in poultry and dairy in Indonesia. Let's look back at some of the activities that have taken place.

The first half year of 2020 the project revolved around the continuation of the training to the working groups of the SMK’s and polytechnics on curricula development in the dairy and poultry sector. The project activities, that have taken place during Q1 and Q2 2020, were targeted towards the start-up of the triple helix platform and designing the triple helix pilot projects, as well as and the development of poultry and dairy educational programs, and provision of a gender study.

Before the pandemic, in February a Triple Helix Establishment consultative meeting took place in Bogor. This pertinent meeting resulted in a strong commitment of the institutions present to cooperate on strategic and on operational level, especially from the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture, the Indonesian Ministry of Education, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) and Frisian Flag. Furthermore, during this meeting, two public-private pilot projects in the dairy and poultry sector were discussed. In the months after, the pilot projects were developed into operational plans and initiated by the consortium partners. These two selected pilot projects are meant to showcase how the different actors can work together for the benefit of the Indonesian economy.

Pilot project 1: The eMoww application: strengthening the sustainability of dairy business in Indonesia
The pilot project aims to positively influence the dairy collection process by collecting all data centrally in a transparent manner. Farmers will be able to easily know the amount of production, quality and payment they will get. Moreover, the application is expected to make payments more effective and efficient, as well as indirectly increase the awareness of farmers about the importance of milk quality. An integral part of the application is the provision of learning material and technical knowledge about raising livestock. It allows farmers to be directly connected with extension agents to discuss problems that occur on their farms. Besides that, farmers can also learn from interactive dairy farming management materials prepared by SMKs / polytechnics.

Pilot project 2: The demo farm: a mini closed house system for broilers
This pilot project will construct a demonstration farm (mini closed housed system for broilers) to control environmental conditions, which may hamper the optimization of production, productivity and animal welfare. It is necessary to have a demonstration and training unit of a closed house system as a “Demo Farm” to inform farmers about the advantages of a closed house system and being able to offer practical education to students. For the setup of the demonstration farm, the triple helix is important. The government can be a facilitator and executor related to funding assistance for broiler farmers; broiler chicken industry plays a role to induce modern technology (closed-house technology) to the small farmers; the role of academics is no less important to create innovations that can later be applied by the wider community and industry. The “Demo Farm” will aid in the demonstration and training of the independent broiler farmers or entrepreneurs as well as act as a place for on the job-training for SMK/Polytechnic students. Students can learn and practice not only the technical aspect but also the economic aspect. Learning by doing in this demonstration farm is a way to improve their competences in managing farm and entrepreneurial skills.

Online curriculum development training
The ten SMK’s and polytechnics were interactively engaged in the online curriculum development training for a period of 15 weeks by Aeres, starting in April. The curriculum development training was provided via distance learning and gave the working groups instructions, guidance and work assignments to advance the curriculum.

About SAS21
The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aims to improve demand-driven vocational training and education in poultry and dairy in Indonesia. The project is a cooperation between MSM, the Vocational School of IPB University and the Aeres Group.

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