The UGM Faculty of Animal Science, in collaboration with Global Food Partners (GFP) and PT Lion Super Indo, conducted Cage-Free Eggs System Training in Yogyakarta.
The three-day training, held from November 3 to 5, 2023, took place at the Faculty of Animal Science and the International Training Center Cage-Free Innovation and Welfare Hub owned by the faculty in Kalijeruk, Sleman.
A total of 6 participants attended the training. These participants were egg suppliers for cage-free eggs to Superindo, a retail business owned by PT Lion Super Indo.
In this activity, Professor Budi Guntoro, the Dean of the Faculty of Animal Science, emphasized the importance of the contribution of traditional farmers in providing quality animal protein.
He expressed that cage-free layer farming has yet to be adopted by all farmers, especially small or traditional farms.
“Our task as academics is to accompany small farmers in adopting and adapting cage-free farming systems so that they can contribute to the provision of quality animal protein,” said the dean.
Yuvlinda Susanta, the General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at PT Lion Super Indo, discussed Superindo’s commitment to sustainable products at affordable prices since eggs are an essential commodity with high sales at Superindo retail outlets.
“Therefore, we invite consumers to contribute to improving animal welfare by choosing eggs produced by cage-free farms. We also aim to provide sustainable products at affordable prices,” said Susanta.
Global Food Partners (GFP) is a key partner of the Faculty of Animal Science in developing the International Training Center Cage-Free Innovation and Welfare Hub. GFP played a significant role in the success of this training program.
“On behalf of GFP, we are grateful for the knowledge exchange with the Faculty of Animal Science, Super Indo, and the training participants. We have learned a lot from this training. Hopefully, it will lead to even better collaboration in the future,” said Kristina Yolanda, a representative from GFP.
Davin Tandioni, one of the training participants who received the highest ranking, added that training of this kind is important as part of the animal welfare campaign. For some participants, sustainable farming with a cage-free system is something new.
Authors: Prisilia Putri and Agung Nugroho