Suara.com – The Minister of Agriculture (Mentan), Syahrul Yasin Limpo attended the Inpari 32 new high yielding variety (VUB) rice harvest event in Kecurit Village, Toho District, Mempawah Regency, West Kalimantan.
The man who is familiarly called SYL seemed so enthusiastic to witness the harvest process using technology and mechanization which is estimated to reach 7.2 tons per hectare.
“I and the Deputy Governor are trying to optimize what is available, starting from managing cultivation, picking and processing. I as the Minister of Agriculture must be able to support it and find various potentials that exist. Including satisfactory rice yields,” said SYL who was accompanied by the Deputy Governor of West Kalimantan , Ria Norsan and Commission IV DPR RI, on Sunday (12/9/2021).
According to SYL, Mempawah is a strategic district that has fertile soil contours and has the potential to increase national production above the average figure. In fact, there is abundant water support and the position of the export door is very wide open.
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“And I believe the land here is the source of economic and people’s welfare. Food crops are promising, plantations are promising and of course exports are also very promising,” he said.
SYL explained, the use of these new superior varieties must be used by farmers to support the harvest of more than 3 times a season. Moreover, agriculture today no longer uses the old methods that are familiar with hoe and mud.
“Earlier there was a request for tractors, we gave and we also gave other agricultural machinery. But the most important thing of all is to combine all components to become an economic force that benefits the community,” he said.
Meanwhile, Member of Commission IV of the DPR RI, Yessy Melania, expressed her gratitude for SYL’s attention to the condition of farmers in the electoral district where they have a voice.
He hoped that the government’s support and assistance would be able to make West Kalimantan a national food barn province.
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“The Ministry of Agriculture under the Minister is very extraordinary. We are very proud because food security continues to survive even though Indonesia is hit by a pandemic. The presence of the Minister is extraordinary and this is a form of state presence in West Kalimantan. Of course there must be moral support from all parties, don’t let our country hungry in the midst of a pandemic,” he said.
The same thing was conveyed by another member of Commission IV, Maria Lestari. Maria said, the hard work of the Ministry of Agriculture in providing food deserves appreciation from all parties, especially after Indonesia was able to get out of the red zone of a prolonged crisis through the agricultural sector.
“Food is a strategic issue for developing countries like Indonesia. Attention to the aspect of food security is very important, especially during this pandemic, only the agricultural sector is favored. In addition, the priority of improving food security is our main focus and must be a shared concern,” he concluded.
Source: Suara.com – Berita Terbaru Bisnis, Ekonomi, Investasi Indonesia by www.suara.com.
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