Farmers in West Kotawaringin

Suara.com – Farmers in West Kotawaringin Regency, Central Kalimantan (Kalteng) really feel the benefits of using agricultural machinery (Alsintan). The use of machineries there spurred their agricultural productivity to accelerate. In fact, it can achieve the target of food self-sufficiency.

Minister of Agriculture (Mentan), Syahrul Yasin Limpo said, from the beginning this machineries were directed to increase food production and farmers’ welfare. The development of machinery and equipment is expected to be balanced with human labor, so that agricultural development continues to empower farmers with advanced agricultural technology.

“Alsintan will be useful for accelerating the process of land cultivation, planting and harvesting. Of course this will spur productivity and farmers’ welfare,” he said.

Director General of Agricultural Infrastructure and Facilities (PSP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ali Jamil said, agricultural machinery can help farmers save time, energy and agricultural production costs. One of them, he continued, is needed during the growing season.

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With alsintan, cultivating rice fields which previously took 5-6 for one hectare land area, is now only a matter of hours.

“We also continue to modernize agricultural equipment, so that our agriculture is more advanced, independent, and modern,” he said.

Director of Alsintan at the Directorate General of PSP of the Ministry of Agriculture, Andi Nur Alamsyah added, well-managed alsintan will provide more income to farmers who are members of farmer groups (poktan) and farmer groups combined (gapoktan). In addition, machineries management is also encouraged through UPJA so that its utilization is more effective and optimal.

“That way, farmers will get added value from the results of this machineries rental business,” he said.

He hopes that farmers can maximize the utilization of the machineries provided.

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