New Waqf Rice Barn Expected to Empower Community

Global Waqf-ACT will soon build a Waqf Rice Barn in Telarsari Village, Jatisari District, Karawang Regency, which is marked by the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (8/25/2021). This Waqf Rice Barn will be able to hold 1,000 tons of rice and involve 300 to 500 hectares of rice fields.

President of Global Wakaf - ACT Imam Akbari during the groundbreaking of the Waqf Rice Barn. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

ACTNews, KARAWANG REGENCY – A groundbreaking marked the beginning of the Global Wakaf – ACT’s Waqf Rice Barn construction in Telarsari Village, Jatisari District, Karawang Regency. This ceremony was also attended by officials, farmers, and representatives of the local community on Wednesday (8/25/2021).

The Waqf Rice Barn is part of the Productive Food Waqf program which strives for the welfare of farmers. The farmers will be funded and assisted until harvest time. Their produce will be bought at the best price and the rice will be husked and packaged at the Waqf Rice Barn. The rice will then be delivered to the Waqf Distribution Center to be distributed to the beneficiaries.

President of Global Wakaf - ACT N. Imam Akbari hopes, with this system, Global Wakaf – ACT’s vision of supporting not only food security but also food sovereignty can be realized.

“When it comes to food security, the food be imported or bought in various other ways. However, when we talk about food sovereignty, we are actually empowering and prospering our own farmers. This will be an extraordinary ecosystem,” added Imam.



The rice packages from the Waqf Rice Barn will be delivered to the needy. (ACTNews/Reza Mardhani)

The groundbreaking of the Waqf Rice Barn in Karawang is a sign of the Global Wakaf – ACT’s commitment to realizing food sovereignty. The Waqf Rice Barn is planned to be able to hold 1,000 tons of rice per month. To fulfill this capacity, the farmers' productivity will be maximized so that they are able to produce the best rice from 300 to 500 hectares of rice fields.

Suhendi from Global Wakaf -ACT says Global Wakaf – ACT’s works involve the community. "We will sum up the total harvest of all farmer groups. We are very confident that we can bolster food sovereignty, especially in terms of rice availability," said Suhendi.

This groundbreaking was met with a good response from the head of Telarsari Village Palahudin. He estimates that 90 percent of Telarsari villagers are farmers. He hopes the Waqf Rice Barn can help support them.

“As the village head, I hope that this can increase the welfare of the farmers in Telarsari Village, and the village community can prosper with this Waqf Rice Barn," he hoped. []