Nabire, Jubi – Director General of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Agriculture has distributed farming tools to paddy farmer groups in Nabire, Papua.
Further the Director General Risfaheri said it was expected to help the farmers in preparation, planting to harvesting; hence it could increase grain production.
“Earlier, the farmers merely rely on their own strength, now they could use those tools to help them in prepararing the ground until harvesting,” said Resfaheri in Nabire on last week.
He promised to keep paying attention to local farmers by providing assistance, especially indigenous Papuans, because some of them are among the farmers who manage the paddy field like other farmers. “Nabire must seek to increase its production and become a paddy barn for the neighboring regencies,” he said.
In the same place, the Head of Nabire Agriculture Office Viktor Sawo said the government expected the farming tools could bear the increase of paddy production for food self-sufficiency.
“I hope the farmers could use and maintain the tools well to be useful to increase the production,” he said.
The farming tools handed by the Government are including the hand tractors, rice transplanters, water jet pump, power thresher and other post harvesting tools. A quite successful indigenous paddy farmer, Yeri Adii told Jubi he was happy with the aid.
“Due to the tools, I don’t have to drain my self. So, for my brothers Papuan people, let us learn, do not just work because of the aid, and then stagnant,” he said.
Besides the farming tools, he also expected the government could provide the training to indigenous farmers, particularly on paddy planting. (*/rom)