HUMBAHAS, CILACAP.INFO – Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo accompanied the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan to directly observe the development of planting and new food storage areas in Humbang Hasundutan Regency (Humbahas). This horticulture-based food estate land is targeted to finish planting. in January next year.
“The processing of this food estate land is almost 90 percent more, processing up to building beds is up to 70 percent. This December, God willing, the installation of mulch and planting will be 100 percent complete, it will not take long to move more people and of course in accordance with The existing target is January, God willing, the planting has been completed,” said Minister of Agriculture Syahrul when being interviewed after visiting the location of the food estate in Ria-Ria Village, Pollung District, Humbahas Regency, Friday (18/12/20).
Minister of Agriculture Syahrul said the food storage area of Humbahas Regency is the development of agricultural land based on horticulture as the main commodity. There are 3 commodities that will be developed in the Humbahas food estate area, including potatoes, shallots and garlic.
“We are just waiting for how to cultivate and guard so that we can harvest within the planned time,” said the Minister of Agriculture.
On the same occasion, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the progress of working on the food estate land is very significant. In the next four years, the North Sumatra food estate land will be expanded to 30,000 hectares and horticultural planting will be developed.
In 2020, the target to develop the Humbahas food estate area of 1,000 hectares (ha) consists of an area of 215 ha from the State Budget of the Ministry of Agriculture (Ministry of Agriculture) while the area of 785 ha is managed by the private sector.
“This is the first time in Indonesia that there are 215 hectares planted with potatoes, garlic and onions. From the data that has been reported by the Head of Balitbang, the Ministry of Agriculture, the results are very good,”.
Coordinating Minister Luhut said the food estate development area would be a model for other regions so that in the future the shortcomings found in the process of cultivating, cultivating, harvesting and post-harvesting will be improvements in other areas.
“So if this goes on, Pak Syahrul Limpo’s plan is only 215 hectares, there will be 1000 hectares, a total of 30,000 hectares, so this is the current model. I think we learn from the shortcomings here to fix them later in other places,” said Luhut.
Coordinating Minister Luhut also revealed that currently the government is looking at other highlands where a food estate area can be developed. For example, on the island of Sulawesi or Java, to be able to develop agriculture and improve the welfare of the surrounding population.
“In Sulawesi there is also an altitude of 1000-1200 land like this. We will build it again or later in Java, maybe 500 or 1000 hectares like this, we will make a model like this again, so that our horticultural self-sufficiency can also be finished in the next 5 years,” said Luhut. .
In addition, Luhut emphasized that the food estate area does not disturb the forest environment. Commodities are planted on land that is not planted with trees, so that the forest is well preserved. To keep the land from landslide, it will also be planted with macadamia nuts, coffee and other perennials.
“The forests will not be cut into lands where there are no trees, the bushes, which we will make land. So the environment will be maintained,”
Here there are potatoes, garlic and the forest will remain. The head of Balitbang also planted macadamia trees, coffee, and tree crops so that even though the slope is 15 degrees, we can protect it so that there are no landslides,” he concluded.