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Indonesia allocated a budget of IDR 7 trillion to help farmers fight drought

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Agriculture has diverted a budget of IDR 7 trillion (around US$416 million) to help farmers deal with El Niño and the drought that will occur at the peak of the dry season from August to October.

After a meeting with President Joko Widodo to discuss the issue of food security on Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman revealed that the budget had previously been allocated for buildings, official trips or seminars.

“The funds will now be used to purchase seeds, pumps and agricultural machinery for farmers,” he said.

Sulaiman emphasized that the ministry will prioritize meeting farmers’ needs during this critical three-month period to ensure continued agricultural production.

“Rainfall is expected to start occurring in November,” he said.

He stated that the President had instructed the ministry to speed up the process of refocusing the budget to overcome the extreme dry season.

The minister explained that a quick solution to mitigate the impact of El Niño and drought is the use of pumps to channel water from sources to agricultural land.

“Currently, around 70 percent of the pump plans have been obtained. “Once everything is installed, we will have 25,000 pumps, significantly reducing the risk of drought,” he said.

The President further instructed that the procurement of the remaining 30 percent of pumps be completed before August 2024.

This pump will be distributed in Java, East Java, Central Java, West Java, Lampung, South Sumatra, South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.

“We will prioritize rice production centers that require water availability throughout the year,” he said.

Sulaiman highlighted the potential for utilizing water sources on the island of Java, such as the Bengawan Solo River, Cimanuk River and Brantas River.

“Pumping water is a quick solution so you can start farming straight away. “On the other hand, building a new rice field can take up to three years,” he explained.

Related news: Government intensifies pumping program to overcome El Nino impact: Minister
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Translator: Rangga Pandu AJ, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Anton Santoso
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