Millennial farmers weather COVID-19 storm

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgThe country’s emerging millennial farmers are striving to weather the COVID-19 outbreak that has impacted the agriculture sector, with many relying on innovations in technology.Safari Munjin, a farmer and a Javanese literature graduate from the University of Indonesia, said on Friday that he had been able to boost his farming business, called Sayuran Pagi, during the health crisis, by maximizing promotion on social media.“We do not use complicated advertisements other than maximizing the potential of Sayuran Pagi’s Instagram account” Safari said in a virtual talk on Friday. At the same time, the agriculture sector has proven to be resilient during the pandemic, growing 2.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter this year, while Indonesia’s economy shrank 5.32 percent yoy.Meanwhile, Ardiansyah, also a millennial farmer, suffered Rp 150 million in losses during the pandemic from the death of 12 of his cows, as the tofu factory on which he relied for feed was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The biggest risk in cattle [business] is death,” said Ardiansyah. “The difficulty came only during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no difficulties prior to that because the demand for milk exceeded our available stocks.”Ardiansyah said he had followed in his parents’ footsteps by breeding cows and selling milk since 2011 after trying to develop other businesses.When he inherited the business from his father, they only had two cows because his father had gone bankrupt. It took Ardiansyah eight years to rebuild the business.Despite the impact of the pandemic on his business, he still has 80 cows and makes around Rp 45 million every month.Vicky Shu, a celebrity-cum-business woman, said she expected the agriculture sector to keep growing amid the pandemic because it provided for people’s basic needs.Vicky runs a grocery store in Jakarta, and hopes to sell agricultural products at affordable prices. She now plans to buy a field, expand her grocery store and start a poultry farm to sell chicken eggs.“I am interested in buying a field because it will create jobs for people,” said Vicky, who took her pre-wedding photos in a field.“I ran for office last year and engaged with a lot of farmers, socializing and listening to their stories. I was inspired,” she added.Topics : With the effort, he has booked a 50 percent increase in monthly revenue to Rp 7 million (US$473.97) since the beginning of 2020.Safari and his seven friends – with the help of their former lecturer who has provided them with a house – have been running Sayuran Pagi for two years in Depok, West Java, selling various kinds of vegetables to more than 150 customers.With harvests on Saturdays, they produce between 15 to 17 kilograms of vegetables each month.“The key is maintaining our customers’ confidence,” said Safari. “After we place ads, there is usually one person who makes an order and they will tell their friends to buy vegetables from us without us having to ask for it. Hence, we believe that maintaining quality automatically boosts our customer base.”Fewer young people are pursuing farming as a profession compared with previous generations. Only 23 percent of the country’s 14.2 million people aged between 15 and 24 worked in the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors in 2019, data from the National Labor Force Survey showed.Despite being an agriculture powerhouse, the country lost 5.1 million farmers between 2003 and 2013, with their numbers falling to 26 million, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).One of the reasons is the lack of income, with farmers earning just around Rp 55,613 on average per day in July this year, up slightly by 0.2 percent from June, BPS data showed.Read also: Investment, financing key to sustaining agriculturelast_img read more


Sex party: England boss furious with Man City fullback Walker

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon And it was only hours before he made a plea to his supporters to stay home to aid the coronavirus fight. The Sun claims that Southgate is very angry with Walker and the example he is setting through his behaviour. read also:Morgan slams Walker’s ‘disgusting hypocrisy’ for hosting sex party The England starter may even be dropped from the squad entirely by Southgate for future games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img England manager, Gareth Southgate, is unhappy with Manchester City star Kyle Walker. Kyle Walker The latter reportedly hosted a “sex party” at his home during the current COVID-19 lockdown. There is no football and most non-essential workers around the world are encouraged to stay home and lay low. However, Walker is said to have invited two escorts to his home.Advertisementlast_img read more


Man City bearing down on title as Premier League returns

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

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Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism City lost 4-0 on their last visit to Goodison during a hugely disappointing first year under Guardiola but are a team transformed under the Catalan this season as they storm towards the title at a record-breaking pace.The runaway league leaders boast a 16-point lead over Manchester United and could seal the league in the sweetest fashion against their local rivals at the Etihad next weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHowever, Guardiola could have a daunting return to Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on his mind.City’s only league defeat of the campaign so far came on Merseyside, when Liverpool edged a seven-goal thriller 4-3 in January.Chelsea out in the coldBehind City, the race for three remaining Champions League places will leave one of United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea disappointed. 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Antonio Conte’s men already trail fourth-placed Spurs by five points.Liverpool are two points further ahead in third having played a game more and second-placed United are even more secure of a return to the Champions League, holding a nine-point lead over Chelsea.Arsenal appear resigned to having to win the Europa League if they are to return to the Champions League next season as they trail Spurs by 13 points down in sixth.Relegation rouletteRock-bottom West Brom seem doomed on the back of eight straight defeats in all competitions but the battle to avoid joining them in the Championship next season is very much alive with eight teams separated by just seven points between 12th and 19th.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Russia blasts US over wrestling visa refusals In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his second goal, his side’s third, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Bournemouth at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England. APThe Premier League roars back into action this weekend for the season’s home straight after a two-week hiatus for the final international break of the campaign.With a maximum of eight games left, AFP Sport looks at what is still to be decided at both ends of the table.City’s title to loseManchester City travel to Everton on Saturday looking to take the penultimate step towards a first Premier League title under Pep Guardiola and kick off a huge week in City’s season in style.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more