Developing Maritime, University Has Strategic Roles

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TNI's chief of general staff, Didit Herdiawan delivered his public lecture in Garuda Mukti Hall, Universitas Airlangga on Tuesday, November 8. (Photo: Yitno Ramli)

UNAIR NEWS – In the last six years, the global population is increasing a billion, from seven billion in 2011 to be eight billion in 2017. The population is predicted to reach 13 billion by 2021. The population growth is followed by diminishing energy of the earth so every 2.1 seconds, a child dies of food and water scarcity.

It is stated by TNI’s chief general staff, Dr. Didit Herdiawan MPA, MBA in a public lecture on “Maritime Food Security and Nation Competitiveness” in Garuda Mukti Hall, Management Office Building, Universitas Airlangga, on Tuesday, November 8. He talked about potentials, challenges, and benefits Indonesia has as an agriculture and maritime country.

Indonesia has a lot of potentials, both on land and in the sea. Two third of Indonesian territory is water territory. With great and diverse potentials, food sovereignty can be achieved through maritime potentials. “The sea can be an instrument of food security and food sovereignty,” said Didit.

But the problem is, the Indonesian’s food demand exceeds the production ability. It was caused by population and economic growth, purchasing power and interest of people. To deal with all those problems, Indonesia should be an independent, consistent and open to development.

The problem is, Indonesian government still focuses on fish culture and fish catching while there are a lot of sea potentials we can explore and use, such as maritime tourism, energy and mining, maritime transportation, maritime industry and ports.

“Potentials utilization is still constrained, as it is still focused on fish management. Furthermore, it is still managed traditionally,” said Didit.

There are also obstacles on its maintenance cost and limited technological use. Therefore, human resources of Indonesia should be ready to manage the maritime potentials.

Lecturers in universities especially UNAIR, have strategic roles in preparing the human resources in Indonesia. The quality lecturers will produce quality graduates with global competitiveness.

“UNAIR is in a maritime city, it is expected to be the pioneer in making scientific contribution on maritime food sovereignty. UNAIR human resources are expected to have not only intellectuality but also ideological mentality to love  the nation and nationalism to realize Indonesia with high competitiveness,” said Didit. (*)

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.

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