C. Kalimantan Affirms Readiness for Food Estate Program
Governor of Central Kalimantan Sugianto Sabran affirmed readiness of Central Kalimantan Provincial Government for the development of food estates in the province.
The Governor also delivered his gratitude to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for the trust in making Central Kalimantan a national foodshed for agriculture and horticulture industries, fisheries, animal husbandries, and vegetables farms.
“It must be responded with our great performance and responsibility as the representative of Central Government in the province. We are ready to synergize with Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) for the implementation on the ground,” the Governor said in a press statement after joining a virtual Limited Meeting, Wednesday (23/9).
The provincial government will prepare 1.4 million hectares of land for national logistics reserves, he said, while adding that the area is larger than the initial area instructed by Minister of Agriculture and the President which was 1 million hectares.
For the record, Central Kalimantan is the second largest province in the country after Papua, with a total area of 15.5 million hectares.
On that occasion, the Governor also suggested that cassava plantations be centralized in one region, namely Central Kalimantan. Thus, it will be easier to monitor and control the products.
“Basically, any types of crops can be cultivated in Central Kalimantan. For example, apple that can be grown in the northern part of Central Kalimantan which has colder temperature. In addition, onion, shallot, and other vegetables can also be grown in Central Kalimantan,” he said. (FID/EN)
Translated by : Rany Anjany
Reviewed by: Muhardi