Agricom.id, KAPUAS – Coordinator Minister in Maritime and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan saw food estate in block A5 Village of Bentuk Jaya, Sub district of Dadahup, District of Kapuas, Central Kalimantan Province, Tuesday (6/4/2021).
He was with Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL), Minister of Public Work and People’s Housing (PWPH), Basuki Hadimoeljono, Chief of President’s Staff Office, Moeldoko to check the progress in Food Estate Central Kalimantan.
"Just like President Joko Widodo told us, we are with Minister of Agriculture, Minister of PWPR, and Chief of President’s Staff Office see the progress in food estate which was planned to cover 167.000 hectares (ha) but in the early phase, it covers 20.000 ha. I think, it is in good progress,” Pandjaitan said, as in the official statement to Agricom.id.
He also told that the food estate in Central Kalimantan would focus to develop the peat which means, Ministry of Agriculture, PWPH, and Ministry of Village Development of Disadvantaged Areas, and Transmigration should play essential roles.
“It needs to encourage the collaboration between the research team, such as, the expert professors in food estate and the university in Palangkaraya so that everyone of us would have open minded to correct and improve one to another and there would be good synergy,” he said.
The Progress: 96,7% Have been Planted
Pandjaitan also urged that the water management should be seriously engineered because it is essential to succeed the agricultural areas. Not only that the water management should be well maintained in the rainy or dry season.
“The water should be well managed so that it would not be in flood (in rainy season) or the water could be used to avoid the fire like what happened in 2015," he said
"Everything could be done in artificial intelligence and the fertilizer system and others could be managed. If we do everything immediately, it would contribute to our food security,” Pandjaitan said.
Minister S}YL also told that food estate development in 2020 done by Ministry of Agriculture covered 20.000 hectares (ha) in District of Kapuas and 10.000 ha in District of Pulang Pisau. Until now the planting covers 96,7 percent or about 29.032 ha and the harvest realization covered 15.862 ha by 31 March 2021.
"Block A5 in Village of Bentuk Jaya is the last location and would be planted immediately with total targets covering 30.000 hectares," SYL said.
The activity in 2021 would be developing food estate covering 37.633 ha that consists of extensification covering 22.992 ha in District of Kapuas covering 19.899 ha and in Pulang Pisau covering 3.094 ha. From those, the intensification would cover 14.641 ha divided in District of Kapuas covering 13.461 ha and in Pulang Pisau covering 1.180 ha.
"We are doing the best to expand the location to the taret and of course, it should base on the technical criteria which was determined,” SYL told.
He also mentioned that the progress in Sub district of Dadahup would cover 2.000 ha that would be covering 5 villages. There were issues to face about the technical, infrastructures, and human resources.
“It has been five years that the areas in block A5 were not cultivated. It needs to improve the irrigation and the system optimally to improve the water surface height to do the planting. There should be no issue to maintain the food security in Indonesia,” he said.
SYL also emphasized that the food estate development is the hard work of every related ministry and institution to secure food for 267 million citizens of Indonesia. It is developed in farmers’ corporates which integrate on-farm and off-farm sectors.
“We have to do it together to realize it. With all our hard work, we could produce the best from food estate development,” he said.
In the visit, they also saw the cultivation process, visited the workshop of agricultural tools in food estate and checked the irrigation progress. The Governor of Central Kalimantan, Sugianto Sabran; General Director of Ministry of Defense, Letjen TNI Ida Bagus Purwalaksana, and the first echelon officers of Ministry of Agriculture did attend. (A2)