“Agriculture is about alive or dead…”


“I ask you : while Indonesian people in the near future will suffer from misfortune, disaster, if the problem of people’s food will not be solved immediately, whereas the problem of people’s Availability stocks is about alive or dead, how do with your groups? Why did only 120 and 7 students register at the faculty of agriculture and faculty of veterinary medicine, respectively? No, my young people, study in agriculture and veterinary sciences is not less important than other studies, is not less satisfied for the high aspiration-souls than other studies. Bear in mind, once more bear in mind, if we do not “bear in mind” the problem of people food as highty as is possible, radically and revolutionarily, we will suffer from great disaster.”
“Aku bertanja kepadamu: sedangkan rakjat Indonesia akan mengalami tjelaka, bentjana, mala-petaka, dalam waktu jangdekat kalau soal makanan rakjat tidak segera dipetjahkan, sedangkan soal persediaan makanan rakjat ini bagi kita adalah soal hidup atau mati, kenapa dari kalangan-kalanganmu? Kenapa buat tahun 1951/1952 jang mendaftarkan diri sebagai mahasiswa fakultet pertanian hanja 120 orang, dan bagi fakultet kedokteran chewan hanya 7 orang? Tidak, pemuda-pemudiku, studie ilmu pertanian dan ilmu perchewanan tidak kurang penting dari studie lain-lain, tidak kurang memuaskan djiwa yang bertjita-tjita dan pada studie jang lain-lain. Tjamkan, sekali lagi tjamkan, kalau kita tidak “tjampakkan” soal makanan rakjat ini setjara besar-besaran, setjara radikal dan revolusioner,kita akan mengalami malapetaka!”
(Pidato Presiden RI Soekarno pada peresmian Kampus IPB Baranangsiang, 1952)

Sumber : http://ipb.ac.id/about/bung-karno-speechs

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