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Visiting South Kalimantan, Coordinating Minister Airlangga Appreciates Agricultural Sector Breakthroughs during the Pandemic

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BANGARBARU, – Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto visited Banjarbaru City, South Kalimantan, Friday (20/8/2021). His arrival was to review the agriculture of horticultural crop commodities as well as to meet with the farmers who are members of the Ngudi Rahayu Farmers Group in Syamsudin Noor Village, Landasan Ulin District.

Coordinating Minister Airlangga said, during the 2020-2021 pandemic, the agricultural sector was recorded to be able to survive and grow positively. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the agricultural sector in 2020 was recorded at 1.75 percent and in the first quarter of 2021 it was 2.95 percent.

In the dialogue with the farmers, it was revealed that all harvests from the planted area of ​​28 hectares were purchased by the Food Crops and Horticulture Office of South Kalimantan Province at a price above the market. The goal is to help market farmers’ crops, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The harvests that have been purchased are then distributed to people who are undergoing self-isolation (Isoman) Covid-19.

“I really appreciate the South Kalimantan Food Crops and Horticulture Office for being responsive and really here to help farmers. Moreover, the harvest is donated to people who are isoman to struggle to recover and need adequate nutritional intake,” said Airlangga, who also harvested together. farmers, Friday (20/8/2021).

Coordinating Minister Airlangga also continues to encourage strengthening food security and improving the welfare of farmers to be one of the main concerns of the local government. In addition, he emphasized that the agricultural sector is one of the essential sectors to protect the nation and state.

“Especially during a pandemic like this, I hope that the implementation of programs in the agricultural sector will continue to be optimized, especially in terms of the welfare of farmers,” said Airlangga who also serves as Chairman of the Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery (PC-PEN).

He believes, with good synergy and coordination between the Central Government, regional governments, the TNI, Polri and the community, Indonesia can quickly get out of the Covid-19 pandemic, while at the same time recovering the economy.

This dialogue with farmers is part of a series of working visits by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy to South Kalimantan.

Previously, the Coordinating Minister also reviewed the implementation of vaccinations at Hasanuddin Sports Center, seeing the centralized isolation facility at Balai

South Kalimantan Health Training. Then reviewing the pilot village of implementing health protocols in Citra Garden City Sungai Ulin.

In addition, he also chaired the coordination meeting for the control and handling of Covid-19 in South Kalimantan.

Editor : Donald Karouw

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