Utilization of Sleeping Land for Food Security in Merauke

Utilization of Sleeping Land for Food Security in Merauke

The Merauke Police Department (Polres) together with the ranks of the police have used abandoned land to grow crops aimed at supporting food security in Merauke Regency, Papua.

The Head of the Merauke Regional Police (Kapolres) AKBP Ary Purwanto explained that during the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19), Polri's tips were demanded to work in synergy with the TNI, the local government and the community to cultivate idle lands in order to plant useful plants to maintain stability stability food in Merauke.

"We work together with stakeholders and residents to use and cultivate idle land by planting useful plants during the pandemic," he said when contacted from Jayapura City.

According to him, Merauke Regency has carried out several rice harvests that have been determined by President Jokowi to become a national rice barn.

"For that we should support this by utilizing the corona virus pandemic, together strengthening regional food security," he said.

He revealed based on data from the ranks of the police precincts that utilize unused land for cultivation and planting including the Sota Police Station with a planting area of ​​1,750 square meters,

Semangga Police Sector, 40.1 hectares, Tanah Miring Sector Police with a planting area of ​​50,000 square meters, Jagebob Sector Police with a planting area of ​​76.5 hectares, and Kurik Sector Police around 80 hectares.

"As for the crops planted in the form of rice, corn, cassava, sweet potatoes, taro, peanuts, green beans, kumbili and sago, while around 5,000 fish and cattle are about 9,523 tails. We involve the local community in the rank and file police," he said.

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