Batangtoru, 21 June 2022 – To create quality human resources in the agricultural field, the operator of Martabe Gold Mine, PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), launched a Development Program of the Integrated Agricultural Vocational High Schools (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan or SMK) in Batangtoru Sub-district and Muara Batangtoru Sub-district, South Tapanuli, North Sumatra. The fund allocated by PTAR for the program in the first year reached IDR 900 million.
PTAR collaborated with the Centre for the Development of Quality Assurance for Vocational Education (Balai Besar Pengembangan Penjaminan Mutu Pendidikan Vokasi/BBPPMPV) of Agriculture Cianjur to implement the program for 3 years. The Development Program of the Integrated Agricultural SMK in Batangtoru and Muara Batangtoru is the first program for BBPPMPV of Agriculture throughout North Sumatra.
PTAR General Manager Operations, Rahmat Lubis, emphasized that education is the key of sustainable community development and important for local community aspirations for their children and grandchildren’s future. PTAR believed that the expansion for education access and quality will encourage the quality improvement of human resources in South Tapanuli. “Therefore, the improvement of quality education access is an important part of PTAR’s community development program,” he said.
The Development Program of Agricultural SMK is a form of PTAR’s commitment to continue to participate in and increase the education world which can give benefit to the community around the mine. The implementation of the program started with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding/ MoU among BBPPMPV of Agriculture, Head of Sidimpuan Education Office Branch, and PTAR held at SMKN 1 Batangtoru, Monday, 20 June 2022.
PTAR Community Development Manager, Rohani Simbolon, said with the support from PTAR, the government, and the seriousness of the schools, the Development Program of Agricultural SMK can produce high-quality graduates in the agricultural sector who can be regional assets. “We believe that this program will help prepare the Integrated Agricultural SMK to become a centre for vocational education and training in the agricultural field, particularly in South Tapanuli,” Rohani said.
The Development Program of Agricultural SMK is a form of PTAR’s support to reinforce the government program in developing vocational education in line with the graduate users’ needs competencies, namely the Business World, Industrial World, and World of Work (Dudika). Vocational education development is listed in Presidential Instruction No. 9 the Year 2016 regarding the Revitalization of Vocational High Schools to Improve the Quality and Competitiveness of Indonesian Human Resources.
Moreover, the effort to encourage the economy and education improvement for the community around the mine, one of which is this Development Program of the Agricultural SMK, is in line with the mandate from the Master Plan of the Community Development and Empowerment Program (RIPPM).
This program targets three skills in SMKN 1 Batangtoru and SMKN 1 Muara Batangtoru, namely Agribusiness in the Agricultural Product Processing, Agribusiness in the Plantation Crops, and Agribusiness in the Food Crops and Horticulture.
The Field Coordinator of Program, Data, and Partnership of BBPPMPV of Agriculture, Iip Ichsanudin, said this program is beneficial in developing excellent and quality Human Resources in the agricultural field. Human Resources sufficiency is the regional and national investment, and also the foundation for realizing Golden Indonesia in 2045. “We mustn’t stop at the ceremony merely, but must accelerate so that SMKN 1 Batangtoru and SMKN 1 Muara Batangtoru can become the epicentre of agricultural development in South Tapanuli,” Iip said.
In addition, the acting official (Plt.) for Head of Padangsidimpuan Education Office Branch, Benny Damanik, said the Development Program of the Integrated Agricultural SMK can be a solution for the problems faced in South Tapanuli, namely the limited ability to farm especially among young generation. Whereas, according to him, approximately 80% of people’s livelihoods in South Tapanuli depend on the agricultural sector which mostly produce rubber.
Meanwhile, the number of farmers in Batangtoru sub-district reaches 70% of the total population in Batangtoru, or around 23,000 farmers. Rubber has an important role in Batangtoru. The harvested rubber area in 2018 reached 5,449 hectares, followed by oil palm of 2,118 hectares and paddy field of 1,948 hectares. “Thus, I hope this program presence can read the local wisdom and encourage many students to have good capability to develop the agricultural commodity in South Tapanuli,” Benny said.
After the MoU, on the same day, a workshop was held with the theme “Understanding Reinforcement of Vocational Education Policy and Development Program Design of the Integrated Agricultural SMKN.” The 5-day workshop was attended by school supervisors, principals, teachers, and also partners of Dudika.
PT Agincourt Resources’ commitment to the expansion of access and quality of education in South Tapanuli is very high. This can be seen from the number of educational programs, such as Scholarship of Martabe Prestasi, vocational school development, improvement for teacher capacity and empowerment, educational facilities and infrastructures support, quality and management improvement for Children Reading Garden (Taman Baca Anak) and Sopo Daganak.
Photo 1: PT Agincourt Resources, BBPPMPV of Agriculture, Sidimpuan Education Office Branch, representatives of Batangtoru sub-district, and principals attended the launching of the Development Program of the Integrated Agricultural SMK in Batangtoru, Monday (20/6). (Doc: PTAR)
Photo 2: (left to right) Field Coordinator of Program, Data, and Partnership of BBPPMPV of Agriculture, Iip Ichsanudin; PTAR Community Development Manager, Rohani Simbolon; and Plt. Head of Padangsidimpuan Education Office Branch, Benny Damanik signed the MoU of Development of the Integrated Agricultural SMK in SMKN 1 Batangtoru and SMKN 1 Muara Batangoru, Monday (20/6). (Doc: PTAR)
Photo 3: PT Agincourt Resources took a group photo with the representatives of BBPPMPV of Agriculture, Plt. Head of Padangsidimpuan Education Office Branch, Benny Damanik, representatives of SMKN 1 Batangtoru, representatives of SMKN 1 Muara Batangtoru, representatives of Head of Batangtoru Sub-district, after signing the MoU of the Development of the Integrated Agricultural SMK, Monday (20/6). (Doc: PTAR)
A Brief Overview of Martabe Gold Mine
Martabe Gold Mine is managed and operated by PT Agincourt Resources. The mining area covers an area of 30 km² located within the sixth generation Contract of Work with the total area of 1,303 km². Martabe Gold Mine is located in the west side of Sumatra island, Batang Toru Sub-district, North Sumatra Province.
Martabe Gold Mine began to operate fully on 24 July 2012 and had a basis of resources per 30 June 2021 of 7.5 million ounces of gold and 66 million ounces of silver. The operating capacity of Martabe Gold Mine is more than 6 million tonnes of ore per year to produce more than 300,000 ounces of gold and 2-3 million ounces of silver per year. PT Agincourt Resources employs more than 3,000 employees and contractors, around 99% of whom are Indonesian nationals, and more than 70% of whom are from local villages.
PT Danusa Tambang Nusantara (PTDTN), is the 95% shareholder of PT Agincourt Resources. PTDTN is a subsidiary of PT United Tractors Tbk. of 60% and PT Pamapersada Nusantara of 40%, and also a part of a business group of PT Astra International Tbk. The 5% share ownership is owned by the Government of South Tapanuli District and North Sumatra Province.
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