ACTNews, BLORA – Hectares of farmland in Jipang Village, Cepu Sub-district, Blora, will start its harvest season in a short haul. This harvest will be the second one in the last six months. For recent years, farmlands across Jipang Village have been getting more productive. In a year, farmers in that village can have their harvest up to three times.
Food security is a goal of this village that was once repeatedly hit by drought. However, in December 2016, Lumbung Pangan Masyarakat or LPM (Community-based Food Barn) was built in a land covering 5000 metres. In this food barn farmers conducted management and marketing of harvest products in Jipang Village.
Waqf is the driver for LPM routine in Jipang Village. As the pilot project of Wakaf Pangan (Food Waqf) programme by Global Wakaf-Aksi Cepat Tanggap, LPM tends to centralize the management process of agricultural products. The coordination aims to standardize farmers’ grain price, so that no farmer left financially lost when harvest season comes.
“In Jakarta, rice price is stable. Meanwhile grain price fluctuates all the time. How come grain price fluctuate when rice price is stable? The problem lies in distribution process. This is what we try to stabilize. We will cut the distribution track,” said Aryanto, one of LPM’s superintendents. He has been long working on agriculture and food stock.
Every harvest, wet grain will be stored in LPM to be dried off and grinded. Last April, Ngadi, Head of Jipang Village revealed, LPM’s production capacity was able to load 15 tons of grain in one day. It was projected that in this second harvest season, LPM will maximize drying grain up to 18 tons in one day. Meanwhile, grain grinding was targeted to reach 15 tons per day.
“In total, it can load ready-to-sell rice up to 30 tons per day,” Ngadi explained.
Optimization of farmers’ productivity is also supported by farming production facilities. Through Warung Tani (Farmer’s Market), LPM puts efforts so that farmers can have farming equipment, fertilizer and seeds, all in good price and high quality. Moreover, for seeds supply, LPM is going to maximize waqf farmland for nurseries.
Farmland Waqf Boosts High-Quality Seeds Production
As a pilot project of Food Waqf, LPM also plans on managing farmland for nurseries process. According to Aryanto, nurseries process is chosen so that results and benefits of waqf land management can impact larger scope.
“If waqf farmland is only utilized to plant rice, the beneficiaries, of course, will be consumers of rice. But, if the farmland is utilized for nurseries, both consumers and farmers can gain benefit from it. Therefore, waqf benefit can bring advantage to larger scope,” Aryanto explained.
He then gave an example of the nurseries programme. According to Aryanto, 1 hectare of farmland can produce high-quality seeds for about 8 tons per one harvest season. The seeds can be implemented on 10 hectares of farmland which can produce 80 tons of grains to be consumed. If there are three harvest seasons in a year, then grains that can be produced are almost 240 tons.
“Eight tons of seeds which come from 1 hectare of farmland can be used by 300 farmers. So, we can empower farmers while we produce food supplies for people as well. It indicates a larger scope of benefit,” he explained.
Nurseries programme will also boost high-quality seeds in Jipang Village. Prior to this programme, Jipang farmers usually brought seeds in markets in high price. The seeds were coming from centers of seed productions in Semarang and some other regions outside of Blora.
These “external seeds” will produce low-quality rice hen planted in Jipang’s farmland. This is caused by differences in nutrients contained in Blora land and other regions.
By planting new seeds in Blora, LPM will be able to carry out a production for high-quality seeds for farmers. The price will be 50% lower than seeds in markets. Thus, farmers can reap high-quality grains with low price. Meanwhile, communities can buy high-quality rice in affordable price.
“Cheaper, higher quality and larger scope of benefit. Insya Allah,” Aryanto closed.