The Government Accelerates Land Management in South Sumatra
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Wednesday, August 22 2018 - 23:30 IWST
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INDUSTRY.co.id - Banyuasin - The Ministry of Agriculture carries out Special Efforts to accelerate land processing in a number of regencies in South Sumatra including Banyuasin, Ogan Ilir, Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) and Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU) East districts to achieve food self-sufficiency targets.
"We are accelerating the process of land management as an effort to pursue the April-September planting season," said the Head of the Agricultural Human Resources Development and Development Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture as well as in charge of Special Efforts for Rice and Soy Food Self-Sufficiency in Pajale in South Sumatra Province Momon Rusmono when reviewing processors land in Telang Jaya Village, Muara Telang District, Banyuasin District, South Sumatra, Tuesday.
He explained that the dry season that occurred in August made the rainfall still very minimal so it was not optimal to plant rice.
To pursue the April-September planting season the acceleration of the land will be very effective as an effort to optimize planting time.
"We cannot give up on the climate, for that I hope extensionists and farmers record how much land has been processed," he said.
In addition, it is also anticipated that land processing from the beginning.
"What cannot be planted when August is processed now and can be planted when the season is ready for planting," he said.
Among the four districts, Banyuasin Regency plays an important role because the data recorded that South Sumatra has an extraordinary land area of 615 thousand hectares, of which 40 percent of them are Banyuasin Regency.
"So you can imagine if the land in Banyuasin is not optimal it will disrupt South Sumatra and national rice production," he said.
To help accelerate the process of this land, the Village Trustees (Babinsa) are also involved in land processing.
"The key to our success is the cooperation of farmers and extension agents and the TNI shoulder to shoulder to pursue self-sufficiency targets in South Sumatra," he said.
Kasiter Korem 044 / Gapo representing danrem 044 / Gapo Lt. Col. Ferdian Prabawa revealed that the TNI had a clear mission to maintain national security in food security and synergize in unity with the community.
"The TNI supports government programs, especially food self-sufficiency. At the smallest level, we are at the very end of the field," said Ferdian.
While the Head of Food Crops at the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, South Sumatra Province, Ilfantria explained that South Sumatra was ready to pursue the food self-sufficiency target.
"We are ready to accelerate the processing of the land, and if September the rainfall starts to fall high then we are ready to sow and plant the cultivated land," he said. (Ant)