ACTNews, SIDOARJO - A 1,700-square-meter land in Sidoarjo is Ahmad Tolik’s (43) only source of income to support his wife and two children. However, Tolik’s family has not been able to prosper with a farm that is less than two hectares.
“Rice farmers like me can live well if we have at least two hectares of land. If we have only less than that, and that’s my case, it will only make a little income. We still have to deduct some money to pay our debts from our income,” Tolik told Global Wakaf - ACT in mid-February.
One of the problems that Tolik has to face is crop failure that happens quite frequently. Once, his crop was damaged by pests just two months after planting.
"Based on my calculation, my profit is only IDR 25,000 a day. Sometimes, I am able to allot some money to pay my debts, sometimes I can’t. Sometimes I have to deal with crop failures,” bemoaned Tolik. She can reap up to 11 sacks of grain if the harvest is successful.
Tolik admitted that there’s no way out of this problem but to continue working hard sincerely. To support Tolik, Global Wakaf - ACT and Yayasan Penguatan Peran Pesantren Indonesia provided business capital assistance through the Productive Rice Field program. Tolik will receive financial assistance to manage his farm. He will also receive training on agricultural land management.
"Hopefully, the capital assistance program from YP3I and Global Wakaf - ACT help eradicate moneylenders. I hope this program can reach all farmers who are facing the same situation as I am,” hoped Tolik.
Productive Rice Field Waqf is part of the National Food Alms Movement that aims to bolster the country’s food sovereignty by empowering farmers as food producers. The products of these empowered farms will be used to support humanitarian programs.