Working Visit Of The Minister Of Agriculture’s Special Staff To The Annual Border Area Of ​​Sangihe Regency

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ICECRD ACTIVITIES – Working visit of special staff of the minister of agriculture, Mr. Yesiah Ery Tamalogi, SE. accompanied by four Heads of Balai, namely the Head of Balit Palma, Head of Manado KKP, Head of North Sulawesi AIAT and Head of Gorontalo AIAT to the Tahuna Sangihe border area was well received by the Regent of Sangihe. This working visit is in order to review the acceleration of agricultural development in border areas.

The activity began with coordination and face-to-face contact with the Regent of Sangihe Regency Jabes Ezar Gaghana, SE, ME along with his staff at the residence of the Sangihe Regent’s office. This visit coincided with the inauguration of the new Sangihe Regional Secretary on November 16, 2020. The Regent of Sangihe greatly appreciated and warmly welcomed the working visit. He explained that food diversification has been carried out for 3 years in Sangihe, prices are stable, supply is sufficient and purchasing power is good.

Sago and tubers (sweet potato and cassava) are a source of carbohydrate diversification in Sangihe. Then this area is supported by horticultural crops (chilli, tomatoes, onions, etc.). The Head of the Tahuna Agriculture Service, Mr. Godfried F. Pella, explained that the farmers in Tahuna were only constrained by facilities and infrastructure, including road access, which was too far from the location for processing and planting agricultural commodities. However, farming activities continue to keep farmers and their families alive.

The head of the Food Crops Service, Mrs. Sherly Lalu, SE, then added that the food that the residents are very interested in is sago food mixed with coconut which is enjoyed with side dishes as a substitute for rice. Furthermore, the Special Staff of the Minister of Agriculture responded that farmers are heroes for the Indonesian state, heroes of the country’s foreign exchange. The budget cut of 7 trillion does not prevent agriculture from growing in Indonesia, this is indicated by economic growth of 4 percent more which is supported by the agricultural sector.

The Regent of Sangihe added that in addition to coconut and horticultural crops, there are also plants that need attention in Sangihe, namely nutmeg commodities, especially related to fully processing, seeds, fruit, meat, and nutmeg shells are very promising as export commodities. So the Sangihe local government will focus here in the future. In addition, the program currently being implemented and implemented in Sangihe is a program without chemical fertilizers. Good for coconut, nutmeg, clove and horticultural crops, the application is no longer intensively applied chemical fertilizers.

Dr. Ir. Ismail Maskromo responded that coconuts bear little fruit due to lack of attention. Attention and fertilization does not only use chemical fertilizers, but there are also organic biological fertilizers that can be applied to increase farmers’ yields and income. Plants that are usually given food/fertilizer 2 times when the amount of fertilizer application is increased will increase the yield even more optimally.

The Regent of Sangihe added that there is a community of young millennial farmers, including fresh graduate S1 children who are farming with a well-patterned management system. This will be developed in the future by providing training facilities for both smart farming and assistance for better cultivation techniques.

The head of Balit Palma and the head of North Sulawesi’s AIAT said they would oversee this program to help farmers become more prosperous. From this heated discussion, it was also known that sorghum has also begun to be developed in Sangihe, but because of the culture and tongue of the people who have not been able to adapt well, so this commodity is not yet widely accepted by the public for daily consumption, explained Ms.

During the discussion at the Sangihe Regent’s house, the head of IPCRI Dr. Ir. Ismail mascromo, MSi said that no coconut varieties have been released in Sangihe, however in the future we will explore and find local superior varieties that will become site-specific plants in Sangihe. Then the Regent of Sangihe responded that there is a slow growing coconut species in Sangihe with a height of only 1 to 1.5 meters which might be seen and distinguished by character differences from other varieties in Indonesia. Likewise for sago plants, it is also very likely to be released as future superior varieties originating from Tahuna Sangihe. (Anjas)

Source: Palma Research Institute (Balit Palma)

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