SUMEDANG - Vocational high School (SMK) PPN (Agriculture Country Development) Tanjung Sari Sumedang is trusted by the central government to become a pilot project or pilot school that has a major in coffee. This is the only school in West Java, even in Indonesia, which is the first time to apply the coffee department.
The inauguration of the coffee department at SMK PPN Tanjung Sari was carried out directly by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution accompanied by West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and Sumedang vice Regent Erwan Setiawan, Monday (24/9/18).
Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dirman Nasution revealed that this pilot project was an implementation of the vocational development policy roadmap in Indonesia in 2017-2025. Also according to the direction of President Joko Widodo to improve the quality of human resources through vocational training. Dirman saw that SMK PPN Tanjung Sari has a basis and quality in coffee management since the Dutch era. The school was established in 1914.
"It is ironic that Indonesia does not have a comprehensive coffee school from upstream to downstream. Therefore we ventured and with the permission of the Minister of Education and Culture to pilot the coffee school project at SMK PPN," Darmin said.
The Coordinating Minister said, the largest coffee industry in the world was born in Indonesia precisely in West Java, namely Mount Malabar coffee. At that time the seeds of Malabar coffee brought to the Netherlands were then distributed in the mainland of Latin America.
"Our coffee industry should be more developed and advanced than them," he said.
Through this coffee school pilot project, Darmin targets, starting in early 2019, there will be more vocational schools with coffee majors, at least one school in each city.
"So this is our effort to prepare a instance to be reproduced next year. The budget has been prepared in the APBN to be applied throughout Indonesia," Darmin said.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil also agreed that the program of expertise in vocational schools must be relevant to current developments.
"I agree that SMK must be relevant to the new economy, now the trend around the world is the coffee economy," said the Governor who is familiarly called Emil.
According to him, West Java as the best coffee producing region in the world must also have reliable human resources in the coffee industry. His party also targets to apply the coffee majors in West Java.
"The West Java did not produce graduates who are experts on the coffee industry. So I support and will be massive throughout the West Java program," he said.
He explained, various efforts in preparing West Java to become the largest coffee producer in the world had been carried out since 2014. Among them were distributing 10 million certified superior coffee seeds to farmers. Distributing one million coffee trees to 61 farmer groups in six districts. In 2015 and 2016 there were also 4 million coffee seeds and 5 million seeds in 2017.
"The next five years, 2018-2023, are planned to re-distribute 23.5 million copies distributed throughout West Java," Emil concluded.