The UGM Faculty of Agricultural Technology and the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing have collaborated to develop a smart irrigation water management pilot project.
The Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Professor Eni Harmayani, emphasized this collaboration’s importance in advancing Indonesia’s agricultural sector.
She hopes this partnership will accelerate the modernization of irrigation. Irrigation infrastructure is a crucial cornerstone in supporting the growth of the agro-industry.
“Currently, the agro-industry faces pressing global challenges, and this is one of the main pillars for the welfare of our nation, especially in the food and agriculture sector,” she said during her remarks after the signing of the MoU on Tuesday, September 5.
Dr. Muhammad Rizal, the Director of Water Resources Engineering at the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, expressed his gratitude to the Faculty of Agricultural Technology for their willingness to collaborate.
The collaboration agreement is expected to produce various recommendations to support sustainable development in Indonesia.
“I hope that with this cooperation agreement, we can produce valuable recommendations from the application of irrigation modernization that can be adopted in all irrigation areas in Indonesia,” he explained.
This collaboration aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UGM’s current commitment.
It is in line with SDG 2, which focuses on agricultural productivity, SDG 6, which emphasizes accessible water, and SDG 9, which concerns ICT infrastructure.
The smart irrigation water management pilot project is a promising first step in realizing Indonesia’s more innovative and sustainable irrigation system.
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