Farming is Basuki's Hope to Get Rid of Debt

Basuki (52), a farmer from Ponorogo, was caught in debt of hundreds of millions of rupiah due to the failure to harvest his shallots. He is trying to repay his debts by planting rice.

Basuki’s hope is rekindled thanks to the Productive Agricultural Waqf program from Global Wakaf-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PONOROGO - Basuki (52) was originally a shallot farmer. However, due to the plummeting price of shallots and crop failures, he could not cover the high production costs. He got in debts because he borrowed money for his initial production costs.

For a land of 1,400 square meters, he needs no less than IDR 10,000,000. It is almost as much as the cost to plant rice in one hectare of land. Therefore, the farmer from Semanding Village, Ponorogo Regency, has been in debts of up to hundreds of million rupiah due to the large production cost.

Amidst his difficulties, Basuki works a 3,250 square meter land which had been neglected for five months. He met the Global Wakaf – ACT team through the Productive Agricultural Waqf program in December 2020.

"Alhamdulillah, this program that was launched by Gema Petani and Global Wakaf – ACT is really helping me,” said the father of five with a laugh. Basuki's rice fields are now filled with lush crop. Basuki has high hopes from the Productive Agricultural Waqf program. He also cultivates the rice according to the ways instructed by the Global Wakaf - ACT team. The results have been satisfying so far.

Dipo Hadi Waskita of Global Wakaf – ACT East Java Program Department explained, Productive Agricultural Waqf has uplifted Basuki's hope. He aims to repay his debt from the proceeds of his agriculture.

"Mr. Basuki is one of the farmers whom we are helping to free from debt. In addition to strengthening the country's food sovereignty, Productive Agricultural Waqf helps food producers live more prosperously, "said Dipo. []