Rural Sustainable Agro Training Center,
North Sumatra Indonesia
A space of 15 hectare (150.000 m2) as a first step and challenge; in this case specific for Highland Agro Business as well to establish an Agro Education & Research Center. Later on we could expand up until 25 or 50 or 75 hectare, also doing sustainable cattle breeding and fish farming & industry; or expand from Highland to Midland to Lowland of Sumatra.
I foresee in the near future Sumatra will become an important supplier in sustainable agro, cattle and fish farming & industry. Sumatra has many opportunities to offer in environmental, sustainable development, also because of its diversity in landscape and environment: highland, midland and lowland. A prominent seat as sustainable supplier will be given to Sumatra. Not only in Indonesia, but at least for Asia and Australia too. In year of 2002 (11th March 2002) I started to experiment with growing a diversity of (highland) vegetables in cooperation with agro students of the regency of North Tapanuli. Not too big, just one hectare to learn about the potentials. Without experience, little know how and few facilities I dare to say the potentials are enormous; the potentials of the students and the land itself for development of highland agro business, farming & industry, research & education. As former ambassador in Europe, I have been traveling a lot in European countries and other continents as well . The same agro growth of vegetables, flowers and fruits over there is also to be found in the highland of Sumatra. We can use their knowledge, learn and become join partners.
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