Jakarta: The Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan has conducted a hydroponic planting training program for Indonesian workers in Brunei in order to empower returning Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) and their families
The training was held three times in a class meeting with Andri Anwar, an Indonesian hydroponic businessman in Brunei.
"I was offered to supply lettuce to all branches of one of the supermarkets in Brunei Darussalam, but I was only able to fill one branch each week. I can sell one package at a price of BND1.9," the Foreign Ministry's website quoted the Indonesian hydroponic expert as saying.
Participants were very enthusiastic in participating in the training, and there were already several who tried to make their own installations to grow hydroponic farms in their neighborhoods.
Some participants were even determined to try it in their hometowns when they returned to their homeland.
The Indonesian Ambassador in Bandar Seri Begawan, Sujatmiko, appreciated the hydroponic training program initiative for the PMI.
"I hope this training could become a work skill for future business of those workers who will one day definitely return to their homeland", Ambassador Sujatmiko was quoted as saying.
Initiated by the embassy's labor attache Budi Wikaningtyas, this hydroponic training is one of various capacity building programs organized by the Indonesian Embassy in order to enrich the expertise of Indonesian workers to prepare for their return to Indonesia.
In 2019, the Indonesian Embassy has conducted several programs such as entrepreneurship and construction workshop.
In the previous year, the Indonesian Embassy had held 22 skills training programs throughout 2018 in the fields of cooking, crafts, massage, sewing and others.?