YOGYAKARTA –Rector of Universitas Gadjah Mada, Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc.Sc., expressed concerns about the condition of food insecurity faced by Indonesia in connection with the soaring of world soybean price. The condition makes traditional tempeh producers difficult to get a supply of raw ingredients. "In two days we have difficulty meeting the needs of our favorite food, the tempeh. We just realized, tempeh, which is often considered as cheap food, yet enjoyable, is good for health, but the imported ingredient of it is huge," Pratikno said before some 1,028 graduate students at Grha Sabha Pramana UGM, Wednesday (25/7).
According to the Rector, Indonesia’s dependence on imported food is very high. However, it is never supported by efforts to increase national food security and sovereignty. As a result, Indonesia is overwhelmed and barely able to do much in case there is food supply problem in the importing countries. "For tempeh alone, we have to import it. When there was a drought in the U.S., it was hard for us to find tempeh. In fact, we know our country is an agricultural country, but is not able to meet our own food needs," he added.
The scarcity of tempeh’s main ingredient indicates that Indonesia is facing a very serious food crisis which needs correct solutions. "It shows that our food crisis is very serious," Pratikno said.
Further he said that the problems faced by the nation today must be solved jointly, including by UGM alumni. "I think our nation needs your role and contribution in order to achieve its independence and dignity," Pratikno added.
Various roles can be performed by UGM alumni through their respective professions. The work of graduates will emphasize UGM to be a reference to the nation’s progress. "Being a referral does not mean talking only, but giving an example, able to develop science and technology for the community, publicize works in scientific journals, all can be conducted through dedication and professional work while assist governments to formulate policies," he said.