Young Santris’ Interest in Agriculture

Dozens of young Muslim students (Santris) take part in the planting ceremony in Jiyu Village, Kutorejo, Mojokerto at the end of December 2020. They are very much interested in agriculture and want to make agriculture a solution to the community’s problems.

Iqbal in a rice field planted with superior seedlings from Global Wakaf - ACT in Jiyu Village, Mojokerto at the end of December 2020. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, MOJOKERTO – Iqbal has been studying at Riyadlul Jannah Islamic Boarding School for four years. According to the young man who came from Medan City in North Sumatera, there are several subjects that have sparked his interest, one of which is economics. However, he has been interested in agriculture recently.

On Saturday (12/26/2020), Iqbal was seen among the farmers in Jiyu Village, Kutorejo District, Mojokerto. He took part in the planting ceremony that Global Waqf-ACT held in Jiyu Village. He went back and forth from the seedling nurseries to the rice fields to plant the seedlings. The scorching heat and the thick mud that covered his hands and feet did not dampen his energy. For him, learning to farm is a fun activity that he never did in his own hometown.

"It's exciting. From agriculture, I learn many things,” he told ACTNews.

He didn’t hesitate to try farming, something that requires him to get muddy and dirty. In fact, he felt proud because not all young people of his age could get this opportunity. In the future, Iqbal has big hopes and aspirations in agriculture. He wants to take part of building food sovereignty, something that Global Wakaf – ACT has also been working on.

Iqbal is a member of Santri Taruna Tani (Santani) under the auspices of  Yayasan Penguatan Peran Pesantren Indonesia (YP3I) chaired by Marzuki Alie. Santani will be involved in the mission to build food sovereignty, starting from the process of seeding, nursing, to harvesting, in collaboration with other farming communities.

Strengthening food sovereignty involves many parties

The food sovereignty for which Global Wakaf-ACT has been working involve Santani, YP3I and its leaders, the farming communities in Jiyu Village, and the waqf donors who have trusted their waqf to be administered by Global Wakaf – ACT.

During the upcoming harvest season, more parties will be involved in this Productive Agricultural Rice Field Program, from the farm workers, logistics drivers, managers of the Waqf Distribution Center, volunteers of Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia, to the beneficiaries of the waqf rice: students, poor families, to victims of natural disasters.

Sri Eddy Kuncoro from Global Wakaf-ACT said that the benefits of waqf can grow bigger due to the huge potential for waqf in Indonesia. If waqf is managed to support productive programs, including agricultural ones, the benefits will continue to flow to many people. "Waqf is a form of worship that has many benefits that can be felt by the community. With good and proper management, more parties can get involved and feel the blessing," explained Eddy.

According to Indonesian Waqf Agency as reported by Kompas.com, the potential for waqf assets per year in Indonesia reaches IDR 2,000 trillion, with the potential waqf land area of ​​420 thousand hectares. In addition, the potential for cash waqf exceeds IDR 188 trillion per year. Unfortunately, this great potential has only been partially explored due to the lack of literacy about waqf in the community. []