President Jokowi, Ambassadors of Friendly Countries Visit Rumpin Modern Nursery
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo invited a number of ambassadors of friendly countries to visit Rumpin Modern Nursery in Bogor Regency, West Java province, Friday (19/11) to show them that Indonesia is serious in tackling climate change.
“We want to show that Indonesia is serious in dealing with the impacts of climate change and by visiting this place, we show them that this nursery center can produce approximately 12 million seedlings a year,” said the President in his statement after the visit.
The President arrived at the Rumpin Modern Nursery at around 09.33 a.m. local time with a number of ambassadors from friendly countries, namely the United States Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Yong Kim, the British Ambassador to Indonesia Owen Jenkins, the Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron MacKay, the European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket, and Country Director of the World Bank Satu Kahkonen.
After watching the video about the nursery center, the President invited the ambassadors to take a look at a number of facilities, such as the germination area, production house area, acclimatization area, and open planting areas. A number of tree seedlings prepared here will later be planted in critical lands.
“I saw albasia or sengon seeds, eucalyptus seeds, teak seeds, mahogany seeds which they produce here. Later in January these seedlings will be ready to be planted in critical lands such as lands that experienced frequent floods or frequent landslides,” he explained.
President Jokowi expressed hope that by building a nursery like this may improve the environment and help tackling the impacts of climate change on the upstream side. The President is targeting to build approximately 30 similar nursery centers in the next three years.
“The Government will build around thirty nurseries in the next three years. I also ordered all palm oil companies and mining companies to prepare nursery like this to improve their surrounding environment,” he said.
For the record, Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar in a written statement said that since 2020, six nursery centers have been prepared and will gradually be built. Some of the nursery centers are:
- Rumpin Nursery Center in West Java province covering an area of 128 hectares, with a capacity of 16 million seedlings per year;
- IKN Nursery Center in Production Forest Area, Mentawir village, Sepaku district, North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan province covering an area of 120 hectares, with a capacity of 15 million seedlings per year;
- Lake Toba Nursery Center in the Protected Forest Area of Sibisa Block, Motung village, Ajibata district, Toba regency, North Sumatra province, covering an area of 37.25 hectares, with a capacity of 5 million seedlings per year;
- Labuan Bajo Nursery Center in the Satar-Kodi Production Forest Area, Komodo district, West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara province, covering an area of 30 hectares, with a capacity of 5 million seedlings per year;
- Mandalika Nursery Center in the Protected Forest Area, Pujut district, Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara province, covering an area of 35.25 hectares, with a capacity of 5 million seedlings per year; and
- Likupang Nursery Center in the Batu Putih Area, Ranowulu district, Bitung city, North Sulawesi province, covering an area of 30.33 hectares, with a capacity of 5 million seedlings per year.
“The Rumpin Nursery Center will be an example for the completion of the other five nursery projects. This is a public-private partnership work model. The main work of the nursery has been completed. Seed production is 1 million a month or 12 million a year,” said the Minister. (FID / UN) (EST / LW)