The greatest advantage of planting rice paddies occurs in post-harvest time rather than at harvest time. This statement was conveyed by President Joko Widodo when speaking on the Integrated Product Development of Rural Areas (Prukades) Integrated in Transmigration Area, KTM Mesuji Regency, Sunday, January 21, 2018.
During this time, the President continued, the farmers take care of the rice field by irrigating, fertilizing and harvesting, then selling it in the form of grain.
“Whereas the big profits are in rice. So I say to sell it in the form of rice. Gratitude is packed. This in the modern rice mill can be done, “said the President.
In the location there is a rice mill. The president wants to see the productivity of the rice mill.
“I want to see first what capacity here is enough or not. If baseball can be added. Helpful or useless. If not already leave. If the benefits will be raised again so that the capacity to meet the existing in the community, “said the President.
The President then summoned a farmer, Jumadi, to directly check the price of grain and rice.
Jumadi who is also the Srimukti Farmer of Wonosari Village, Mesuji manages two hectares of rice fields and each hectare can produce 7 tons of grain. “After harvest 14 tons diapain?” Asked the President.
Jumadi explained that he kept as much as 1 ton of grain and the rest as much as 13 tons of grain sold. “13 tons sold for harvest or ready made rice?” Asked the President. “At harvest time,” Jumadi replied.
The price of grain is Rp3,500 per kilogram, while rice is in the range of Rp10,000 – Rp11,000 per kilogram.
“This is what we need to do together so that once again our agricultural products are not out of date. There is work after harvest, drying, digilang, packed well let alone given a good name also packed in a large group of farmers, given the brand. It will add value by raising prices, “said the President.
In addition, farmers should start thinking about selling their rice fields not only around Mesuji. “If it is packaged with good orientation can be sold to other provinces, can go to Lampung, get out of the island or if the rice is organic now export demand is also a lot,” said President.
Sales can be done online through e-commerce and social media. “Starting to be like that. So the buyers are not around that if started online all the people all over Indonesia, the world, can buy, “said President.
The President also reminded the importance of farmers to consolidate in large groups so as to have a large production scale. “Do not move on your own will be difficult. If you can produce on a large scale later farmers can compete, “he said.
Also present was accompanied by the President, Village Minister, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Eko Putro Sandjojo, Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, SOE Minister Rini Soemarno, Moeldoko Presidential Chief and Lampung Governor Ridho Ficardo.
Video of President Jokowi Inaugurate the Integrated Product Development of Rural Areas (Prukades) Integrated in Transmigration Area, KTM Kabupaten Mesuji, Minggu 21 Januari 2018.