NEW BANJAR – During the 2020-2021 pandemic, the agricultural sector was recorded to be able to survive and grow positively. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the agricultural sector in 2020 was recorded at 1.75% and in the first quarter of 2021 it was 2.95%.
During his visit to South Kalimantan Province, Friday (20/8), Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto reviewed the agriculture of horticultural crops and took time to have a dialogue with farmers.
Coordinating Minister Airlangga also participated in harvesting agricultural products in the form of intercropping chilies and melons with farmers belonging to the Ngudi Rahayu Farmer Group from Syamsudin Noor Village, Landasan Ulin District, Banjarbaru City with 30 members and a plant area of 28 hectares.
All crops from these farmers were purchased by the Food Crops and Horticulture Office of South Kalimantan Province at a price above the market price to help market the farmers’ crops, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The harvest results that have been purchased by the South Kalimantan Food Crops and Horticulture Service are distributed to people who are undergoing Covid-19 Independent Isolation (Isoman). “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 in Isoman, who are struggling to recover and need adequate nutritional intake,” explained Coordinating Minister Airlangga.
Coordinating Minister Airlangga also continues to encourage strengthening food security and improving the welfare of farmers to become one of the main concerns of the local government. It was also 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 programs in the agricultural sector will continue to be optimized for implementation, especially in terms of the welfare of farmers,” said Airlangga.
The Coordinating Minister for the Economy who also serves as Chairman of the Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery (PC-PEN) believes that with good synergy and coordination between the central government, regional governments, TNI, POLRI, and the community, Indonesia can soon get out of the Covid pandemic. -19 and at the same time restore 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 for the Economy also reviewed the implementation of vaccinations at Hasanuddin Sports Center, reviewed the centralized isolation facility at the South Kalimantan Health Training Center, reviewed the pilot village for implementing health protocols in Citra Garden City, Sungai Ulin, and chaired a coordination meeting for the control and handling of Covid-19 in Kalimantan Province. South.