ACTNews, MOJOKERTO — The harvest season was eagerly awaited by farmers, as well as for Global Wakaf-ACT, Yayasan Penguatan Peran Pesantren Indonesia (YP3I), and Gema Petani. In December 2020, the rice seedlings were planted in Tumpangsari Hamlet, Jiyu Village, Kutorejo District, Mojokerto. Now, the rice is ready to be harvested. Efforts in the process of realizing food sovereignty for people through management of Productive Agricultural Waqf are starting to bear fruits. This is the first harvest in Indonesia where the rice fields and agricultural production process are funded by waqf.
The Waqf funding in agricultural production started from the seeding. The seedlings used were the HMS700. Each panicle could yield 700 pulps. In taking care of the crop, the farmers were also given financial assistance and access to fertilizers. Thus, the quality of rice was maintained to make sure of maximum results. The unhulled rice will also be purchased by ACT at the best price. This unhulled rice will be distributed to underprivileged people during Ramadan through Ramadan Food Alms Movement (GSPR) and other humanitarian programs.
This proved that waqf could be a driving force for the welfare of farmers. This harvest has become an oasis in the midst of the rice import plan that clearly threatens the income of local farmers. The result of this policy is the falling price of rice, making it difficult for farmers to cover the expenses that had been spent by local farmers.
“We are determined to fight for the welfare of the farmers. This noble intention and enthusiasm start with the first harvest funded by waqf in Tumpangsari Hamlet. The rice is bought by ACT for the needs of Ramadan Food Alms Movement and other humanitarian actions,” said President of Aksi Cepat Tanggap Ibnu Khajar, Saturday (4/10/2021).
Ramadan Food Alms Movement will expand the distribution of Waqf Rice, which is the yield of rice field in Mojokerto, ensuring that the food supplies for underprivileged people are maintained during Ramadan. It is hoped that beneficiaries will not have to worry about food shortages for suhoor and iftar.
Farmers harvest rice in Jiyu Village, Kutorejo District, Mojokerto, Saturday (10/4/2021). (ACTNews / Muhamad Ubaidillah)
Ibnu added, seeing the important role of farmers in food production, it was only fitting that farmers were called true heroes. “Because agriculture is the foundation of life in this world. In that way, farmers are heroes who save lives,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chairperson of Y3PI Advisor K.H. Mahfudz Syaubari said, the harvest was a joy for farmers. This happiness appeared after about three months of working the rice fields. Farmers are happy if the rice that they cultivate can be beneficial for themselves as well as other people.
“The farmers are happy because the rice they plant is ready to be harvested. The happiness increases when the rice is used for the benefits of people, helping underprivileged people, who are in need and starving,” he said.
The total harvested rice fields reached around 9 hectares with a yield of 110 tons. Apart from Mojokerto, there are four other cities where waqf-funded rice fields are located, namely Pasuruan, Malang, Ponorogo, and Sidoarjo. They are also part of the Productive Agricultural Waqf program which also harvested during the first st planting season (MT-1).
This program involved 3,000 farmers, 22,500 workers, and also 23,500 students from 2,500 Islamic boarding schools. The student received a monthly benefit. The program aims to benefit 440,474 families.