Yogyakarta – The Indonesia Vice President Boediono highly appreciates Muhammadiyah for its number of contribution to community empowerment. The government, he admitted, could have much to learn and work together with Muhammadiyah in people popular programs.
It was spoken by the nation second man in a visit to the location of integrated farming in the village of Magelang regency Sawangan Piyungan District (17/10).
"The government wants to learn a lot from Muhammadiyah, especially about how to empower our community. This visit is a step for the government to see what has been being done by Muhammadiyah. “Hope there would be steps to complement each other, "he said.
In the visit, Vice President and his wife and the accompaniments review the model of integrated farming Surya Gemilang Farm groups that are trained in partners with the Community Empowerment Council (MPM) Muhammadiyah. Besides viewing the cultivation of rice, catfish farms and sheep Marino, Vice President also disclosed some excellent innovations such as burgers animal feed and fish feed, and fertilizers burgers kocor.
The integrated farming system is built by the MPM, as explained by Muhammadiyah Secretary Bachtiar Dwi Kurniawan to combine agriculture, livestock and fishery in each production activity. "This integrated farming systems have been shown to reduce the burden of production costs by 70%, which of course will automatically increase farmers' income," he explained.
In the same place, Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo stated currently there is no food crisis in the province he leads. "In Central Java does not recognize the name of food crisis. There is only the prosperous, "he said.
He said that food security in Central Java today is quite good. Described Bibit, especially rice stocks for the poor, to be covered until the end of December.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Muhammadiyah central executive Haedar Nasir expressed his worry against imports that is still in trend. While our nation actually has a huge potential to be independent. "We're still a little bit restless Mr. Vice President, that here and there we are still imported," he said.
He said the current Muhammadiyah keep trying to do community work which is dedicated to the advancement of this nation. "If we move all the potential we have, by God willing, we could become independent in many ways," said Haedar.
(trans by hm-uhamka)