Greatindonesia.co.id, Kendari – Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said that the floods that swept through several parts of the country in recent weeks will not disrupt national rice stocks.
“Floods are not a threat to national rice stocks. The national rice stocks currently stand at 2.3 million tons, kept in a number of Bulog (national logistics board) warehouses,” he said in Kendari, the capital of Southeast Sulawesi province, on Thursday (13/6/2019).
The floods that engulfed a number of rice-producing areas had led to farmers failing to harvest their paddy fields, he noted.
“Disasters are difficult to predict because they happen suddenly. Farmers who were ready to harvest their paddy fields were saddened because their hard work for months had failed due to the floods,” he said.
While flood-hit regions failed to harvest paddy fields, other regions in Indonesia were experiencing large harvests, he said.
He noted that the central government has extended more than Rp15 billion in aid to help alleviate the burden of flood-affected farmers, particularly in Southeast Sulawesi province.
The minister symbolically handed over such aid to Southeast Sulawesi Governor Ali Mazi, accompanied by commander of the 143 Haluoleo military post, Infantry Colonel Yustinus Nono Yulianto, and a member of the House of Representatives (DPR), Umar Arsal, at the disaster emergency command post of the 143 Haluoleo military post.
“The aid consists of cash worth more than Rp12 billion and an excavator valued at Rp3.5 billion. In total, the aid reaches more than Rp15 billion,” he said. (sur)
FIRE RAVAGES 150 HA OF LAND IN EAST KOLAKA : BNPB
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Fire has ravaged 150 hectares of land in East Kolaka District in Southeast Sulawesi, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Spokesman Agus Wibowo said.
“The 150 hectares of land are located in three villages in two subdistricts in East Kolaka,” Wibowo said in a statement here on Sunday (1/9/2019).
The East Kolaka Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has declared an emergency status, made effective for 11 days until September 11, over the fire that gutted the the Land Management Rights (HPL)-granted areas.
However, a water-bombing helicopter is not yet needed to support the firefighting mission, Wibowo said, adding that the land-based efforts to extinguish the fire were carried out by a joint team.
The team members came from those of the local disaster mitigation agency, military, police, as well as environment and forestry fire fighters and community members.
The efforts to extinguish the fire were also supported by two palm oil plantations, PT Antam Pomalaa and PT Sari, by providing water pumps.
The Southeast Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency had also sent more water pumps to the location on late Saturday (Aug 31). (mrh)
INDONESIAN WOMEN’S ACTIVISTS TO MEET IN KENDARI
Greatindonesia.co.id, Kendari – Female activists representing various women’s solidarity groups and non-governmental organizations in Indonesia will join a national conference, due to be held in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi Province, on July 21-27 to enhance the spirit of women’s solidarity.
“This conference is aimed at developing a national common perception on how to fight for women’s rights and to enhance the spirit of women’s solidarity,” Head of the Kendari Women’s Solidarity Organization’s Executive Board Sarni Marwati said here on Sunday (30/6/2019).
Southeast governor and Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister are expected to attend a discussion to deliver their views on Indonesian women’s condition, and how the provincial and central governments protect their rights, she said.
Among the crucial issues that will be discussed at the national conference are women’s rights in agriculture, protection of female migrant workers, and women’s empowerment on alternative economy, she said.
This week-long conference will showcase exhibitions, public discussions, workshops, movie screenings, and art performances, and poetry recitation, she added.
The Indonesian Women’s Solidarity Organization which has existed since 1990 has consistently been fighting for women’s rights at local, national, and international levels. (ant)
AGENCY ASKS REGIONS TO PREPARE WEATHER ANOMALY PLANS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Kendari – Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo has called on regional governments across Indonesia to prepare plans to address the impact of weather anomaly. “Every year several regions in Indonesia face weather anomaly which is difficult to predict. That is why we deem it necessary to prepare a plan to face the disaster,” he said here Monday (24/6/2019).
Since early this year, some 150 areas in the country have borne the brunt of natural disasters including floods, landslides, droughts, earthquakes, high waves and strong winds, he said.
The regions that are at high risk of facing these natural disasters must put in place contingency plans to prevent and control the impact of these disasters and increase the capacity of institutions, officers and residents to anticipate them, he said.
“The concept of identifying the threat of disasters is important so (the affected people) will not panic at least to save themselves and help other people,” he said.
Financial support from regional governments is also very important to prevent and control disasters, he said.
Adequate funding is the key to maximizing disaster prevention and control efforts, said Chief of the House of Representatives’ Commission VIII Ali Taher Parasong.
“The House Commission VIII is a genuine partner of the BNPB. From year to year, the budget fund for disaster prevention and control efforts increases. The state pays serious attention to its residents who face disasters,” he said.
The National Mandate Party (PAN) politician expressed the hope that provincial and district/municipal governments, along with local legislative councils will also allocate sufficient funds for disaster prevention and control efforts. (saj)
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