Global Wakaf-ACT Buys Chili from Semeru Farmers

Global Wakaf-ACT purchased chili from Untung (44). Untung has to harvest early because the government will use the land to build temporary shelters for Semeru eruption victims.

Untung plants various types of Palawija in a one-hectare plot of land. (Wahyu Nur Alim/ACTNews)

ACTNews, LUMAJANG REGENCY – Untung (44) rented land from Perhutani (the State Forestry Public Company) in Sumbermujur Village, Candipuro District, Lumajang Regency for ten years. This father of three children leases the land through a use rights scheme as part of the community's forest utilization.

He profitably planted chili, corn, cassava, and tomatoes on one hectare of land. The crops he grows are among the best secondary crops in the Lumajang area because it is located at the foot of Mount Semeru.

Unfortunately, the government has designated an area of 81 hectares belonging to Perhutani as one of the locations to build temporary shelters for residents affected by Mount Semeru's eruption. Untung's rented land is one of them.

"I do not have a choice. This land is not mine. If the government wants to use the lands, I have no recourse," Untung stated on Tuesday (12/28/2021). 

Untung must harvest some young chilies because the government will immediately level the lend. (ACTNews/Wahyu Nur Alim)

Sadly, Untung will harvest a quarter of a hectare of land of large red chilies of the imperial variety. Untung will harvest one ton of Green chilies and 50 kilograms of red chilies. It must be done to at least recover the investment.

Untung, on the other hand, appeared to be on the verge of not knowing what would happen to him after this. Nonetheless, he is grateful that he still has time to harvest his crops even though it is dissatisfactory.

Global Wakaf-ACT, through the Productive Agricultural Waqf program, purchased agricultural products from affected residents, including Untung. The team will buy chilies at a price higher than the market to maximize profits.

The Global Wakaf-ACT team will package the chili harvest and distribute it to the Global Wakaf-ACT food program and public kitchens in disaster-affected areas. Following the phase of agricultural product preservation, the Productive Agricultural Waqf program will attempt to prepare agricultural land for re-management by farmers affected by the Mount Semeru eruption as part of the community's family's financial income during the economic recovery phase. []