International community of University of Bengkulu increasingly exists. Tuesday morning (13/3/2018), in Ruang Rapat III of Rectorate Building of UNIB, the founder and president of Association of Agriculture Technology in South East Asia (AATSEA), Dr. Kaseem Soytong, was giving public lecture on agriculture technology to lecturers and students of UNIB.
Association of Agricultural Technology in Southeast Asia (AATSEA) is a community of scientists in Southeast Asia that aims to build long term research, education and outreach related to modern agricultural technology in Southeast Asia centered at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr. Kaseem Soytong visited UNIB accompanied by other Thai academics, Dr. Samphan Promhom, Ms Jiaojiao Song and Ms Rujira Tongon. They were greeted enthusiastically by the leaders of UNIB; Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Lizar Alfansi; Vice Rector for Resources, Sigit Sujatmiko; Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr. Fahrurrozi; Director of UNIB RENPER (Regional Network on Poverty Eradication), Prof. Dr. Zainal Muktamar and dozens of students.
“We welcome Dr. Kaseem and his entourages and also greatly appreciate his willingness who wants to share knowledge to the lecturers and the students of UNIB on the technology of healthy and qualified agricultural production,” said Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of UNIB, Prof. Lizar Alfansi when he opened the public lecture.
This international public lecture entitled “Future Current and Trends of Organic” was moderated by Prof. Ir. Zainal Muktamar, M.Sc, Ph.D who is the representative of UNIB RENPER, a senior lecturer of the Faculty of Agriculture who received an international award from AATSEA on Outstanding Leader Award in Education and Research in 2017 at the 6th International Conference on Integration of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (ICIST) in Philippine.
In giving lecture that lasted approximately two hours, Dr. Kaseem Soytong described the trends and technologies used as well as the benefits in using bio-organic or natural materials from plants or animals consumed as fertilizer and pesticides for agricultural production.
Dr. Kaseem persuades to all farmers to change the system of chemical use to bio-organic materials in agricultural processes and agricultural products because of the benefits obtained in addition to help maintaining the environmental sustainability ecosystems. Therefore, farmers can also get a profitable result from the sale of organic products.
Numerous studies have been done by Dr. Kaseem on bio-organic in order to get a healthy and qualified agricultural production. He makes farmland consisting of a variety of agricultural products such as turnip, asparagus, tomatoes, cabbage, kangkung, and others as a medium of learning and the discovery of appropriate technology. He also breeds chicken and feeds them using bio-organic of plant and insecticides.
“From the lecture, it comes to the end that in agriculture production, we need to focus not only on the result, but also seeing and watching the technology used. By applying bio-organic and appropriate technology, agricultural products have multiple benefits in addition to increasing economically valuable benefits as well as safeguarding the environment from damage.” said Prof. Zainal Muktamar.[Hms1/eve]