Thursday, January 19, 2023, SEBI's STEI business incubator, SEL (SEBI Entrepeneurship Laboratory) through its flagship program IYES (Indonesia Young Entrepreneur Summit) held a Public Lecture on Youth Entrepreneurship and Classical Learning at Sebi Hall, Depok City, West Java.
The event initiated with PT. The Three Lights Clinic presented the main speakers from multinational agribusiness companies represented by Rina Faqih (Human Resources and General Affairs Director of Great Giant Foods). The first session was moderated by Yahya Imanuddin, S.T, M.Sc (CEO- Founder of Global Farmer). The second session, namely Classical Learning, presented Aresdi Mahdi Asyathry, ST, M.Si (CEO of Glek). Meanwhile, in the third session, a Focus Group Discussion was held guided by Amarullah Adhi Saputra, B. Eg (Hons) (PT Perigi Tiga Cahaya).
"Indonesia in 2045 will face a demographic bonus that is largely determined by the current generation. The growth of sectors that absorb labor is important. And agribusiness is the 3 largest sectors in Indonesia that absorb the highest workforce. This is certainly an opportunity that must be welcomed carefully," said remarks from Sigit Pramono, PH, D, CA, CPA (Chairman of STEI SEBI) when opening this event.
Agribusiness as a Future Business Sector
Rina excitedly said that the potential of agriculture in Indonesia is so large that it has become a leading sector and contributed to GDP by 12.9% during quarter 3 of 2022 with a total of Rp657.2. It is estimated that by 2050 the world will experience a food crisis, allowing more food production to keep up with population growth by 2050. The demand for fresh fruit also increased by 31.9% with the total number of fruit exports from Indonesia amounting to 375.04 tons.
Kimberly, GGF's Reward Partner Manager, who attended the event added about the use of technology in GGF's operations. GGF makes the production cycle environmentally waste-friendly through the rigorous application of an integrated sustainability farming approach. He conveyed that canned pineapple as the leading production from GGF is processed optimally. The flesh is made canned fruit. The GGF research team found an enzyme to treat cancer from the middle weevil in pineapples that are usually discarded. The bark and leaves are processed into biogas as energy to power factories and household purposes. "Even cow dung we research to find bacteria that can be used," Kimberly explained. Closing her session, Rina advised that young people are more interested in entering the agribusiness field, business people in this field must present themselves cool, fragrant, and clean not inferior to other professions.
Foundation is the Most Important Thing in Business
In the second session, Ares discussed the pillars of management in managing a business. "Most important of all business processes is how the foundation is built," Are emphasizes. Every Muslim businessman must fully understand the initial motivation and mind set of his business. The most powerful motivation in doing business is to provide the maximum benefit to others. The wrong foundation will destroy the pillars / poles built. Ares explained that there are 5 business foundations, namely good intentions, good prejudices, good morals, and good attitudes.
Exploring Regional Potential
The last session in the form of an interactive FGD was guided by Amarullah Adhi Saputra, B. Eg (Hons) and Yahya Imanuddin, S.T, M.Sc. The discussion took place in groups to explore further the discussion theme "Economic Potential in Indonesia". Each group was asked to respond to economic potential opportunities in each participant's area through observation of economic potential data in Indonesia where agribusiness was in third place. Furthermore, the discussion dived on the problems and solutions to be realized.
The event, which was attended by 50 participants, mostly consisting of IYES awardees and students of the Sharia Business Management study program STEI SEBI, further realized the magnitude of agribusiness opportunities in Indonesia.