BANDUNG - In order to accelerate the processing of land and planting, in order to support food self-sufficiency, West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher), planted Mt. 2018 in the Level of West Java Province, which started in Sumber Rejeki II Agriculture Corner, Ciparay Village, Ciparay Subdistrict, Bandung Regency, Monday (05/14/2018).
The governor said that the farmland in West Java is divided into two regions, namely North and South. South among others Bandung, Tasikmalaya, Ciamis, Cianjur, and Sukabumi. While the northern region of Subang, Karawang, Indramayu, Majalengka, Cirebon, and several other areas.
Aher said that as much as 80 percent of West Java's rice fields, there are in the north. However, the crop index (IP) is lower than the southern region. IP is only 1.8 while the southern area of his IP reaches 2.8.
"So in one year we are targeting hope that the harvest in West Java will increase, if the northern region rises 2.8 (IP) then the production will rise, the south will rise 3," he hoped.
Increased cropping index (IP) needs to be taken, as one of the strategies in increasing rice harvest. This also needs to be accompanied by the improvement of irrigation systems for both northern and southern agricultural areas.
According to Aher, this effort can be done by optimizing the availability of water in Jatigede Reservoir, for the northern region. And, keep nature in the south. Because most farm land in the south utilizes natural water from the surrounding natural environment.
"For the national contribution, we do not need to think about new fields yet, which is needed irrigation that can irrigate the existing rice fields," he said.
In addition, Aher also had suggested local farmers to be able to do mina paddy in the future. It is a combination of combined farming which utilizes rice fields that are planted with rice as a pond for fish cultivation, thus maximizing the yield of paddy fields.
In the declaration of peasant movement in Caparay, submitted aid of agricultural machine tools (alsintan) by the Governor of West Java, among others, two12-wheeled tractor of 1012 units to Farmers Group (Keltan) Tani Jaya, Cigentur Village Paseh District. Four inch water pump, 865 units to Keltan Sumber Rejeki II Ciparay.
Then hand sprayer electrical as much as 4325 units to UPT PPP Pacet. Cultivator 144 units to Keltan Sawargi Village Girimulya Subdistrict of Pacet. Then, Power Thrasher 259 units, to Bandung Regency Alsintan Brigade.
Also conducted development of rice cultivation 36,345 hectares at Keltan Mitra Paddy Rice Village Cikoneng Ciparay. Development of 60,000 hectares of maize cultivation to Keltan Barokah Mekarlaksana Ciparay. As well as, the development of 110,000 hectares of soybean cultivation at Kelepan Pasir Mundur Mekarlaksana Ciparay.
Not until there, the assistance of Rice Mailing Unit (RMU) as much as two units are also given to Keltan Paguyuban Bumi Mandiri Pabuaran Subang. And Traktor to keltan in Garut Regency, Provincial Alsin Brigade, and Regency Kuningan.
Head of Food Crops and Horticultural Office of West Java, Hendy Jatnika said, rice fields according to data 2016 and 2017 there are 926 thousand hectares. The area can be planted and harvested up to two million hectares, because there is a land that is twice the harvest.
From the forecast Pusdatin Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with BPS, said Hendy Jatnika, the production of dry grain is 12.5 million tons. As many as 65 percent of which is the production of rice.
So based on that number, means that the production of rice in West Java in 2017 estimated approximately 8 million tons. In addition to each year, West Java has a surplus of three million tons.
As for him, the activities of Paddy Planting Movement, which is aimed to accelerate mt planting. 2018 April-September period in West Java.
"This is also done to improve coordination with all stakeholders in agriculture in an effort to increase production on," said Hendy.