Agricom.id, JENEPONTO – Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL) attended integrated livestock service in Program Prioritas Sapi Kerbau Komoditas Andalan Negeri (Sikomandan) in Village of Bontomanai, Sub district of Rumbia, District of Jeneponto, South Sulawesi.
He directly saw fat cow breeding. He also told, the government would urge the district as the qualified cow breeding center.
“I want that every village in Jeneponto has agriculture which could produce twice more than the average. Every officer in Ministry of Agriculture should help the agricultural and livestock development to fulfill the domestic and export needs,” SYL said, as in the official statement to Agricom.id.
Besides the animal, he also mentioned that Ministry of Agriculture would give help to develop coffee, banana plantations, breed horse and buffalo for the domestic markets.
"We would develop coffee, banana plantations, breed horse and buffalo in Jeneponto. What I notice is that Jeneponto gets better and in good progress. The paddy, corn, and fruit should be developing,” he said.
But SYL also hoped that the farmers and breeders in Jeneponto would use the fund from kredit usaha rakyat (KUR) as the power of capital to run the better business.
“The agriculture is running good. First thing first is agriculture and the second is breeding. In the future, we would do and develop plantations. What I mean is that if we develop 10 thousand hectares of banana plantations, for instance, the female could produce banana chips or banana flour. That is why please use KUR. Insya Allah the livestock would go forward for having its own woof, there would be place to slaughter houses, and have your own production,” he mentioned.
Regent of Jeneponto, Iksan Iskandar thanked for the helps from Ministry of Agriculture to develop the agriculture in the region. He thought that Jeneponto is the strategic region for having big potential to develop the two.
“In the map of South Sulawesi, Jeneponto is in the bottom or the lower. For the reflection, Insya Allah what we planned would run well. It means that if we plant paddy or corn, there would be good results. Minister SYL promised to give banana seeds here. Insya Allah, it would be successful too,” he told. (A2)