President Jokowi Supports IPB to Contribute More to Solving the Nation’s Challenges
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo attended the Open Session of IPB University in commemoration of its 60th Dies Natalis, Friday (09/15), at IPB Dramaga Campus, Bogor, West Java province.
In his remarks, the President expressed appreciation and support for IPB’s role in solving the nation’s challenges.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to the big family of IPB University on its 60th Anniversary. Hopefully, IPB University will be more successful and more contributive to solving the nation’s problems and contributing to the progress of the nation,” said the President.
Furthermore, the President also praised various innovations made by the university, especially in the downstreaming of the agricultural sector.
“Earlier, the Chancellor showed me many innovations that support downstreaming. From innovations, we can enter the industry. And, I must tell you as it is. It is extraordinary,” he said.
Among the innovations displayed to the President were large red chillies, special rice seedlings for barren areas, as well as salt and seaweed packaged in high-quality packaging.
“There is a rice [variety] that can produce 12 tons per hectare. There is salt, seaweed, and various kinds of others packaged in a very modern way, with brands that are clearly handled with excellent marketing efforts,” he said.
The President also asked his administration to utilize the innovative products from the university.
“Minister of Agriculture, please utilize the rice, the big chili. Give them to as many farmers as possible as we are sure of the quality,” he said. (TGH/UN) (FI/LW)