No Longer Working in a Rice Field, Now Emah Has to Buy Her Rice

The conversion of rice fields into factories made Emah no longer able to cultivate rice. Now, to meet her daily needs she has to buy the rice herself.

Emah, a West Pasir resident, Tigakarsa District, Tangerang Regency, is a beneficiary of rice assistance from Humanity Rice Truck.
Emah, a West Pasir resident, Tigakarsa District, Tangerang Regency, is a beneficiary of rice assistance from Humanity Rice Truck. (ACTNews/Masita)

 ACTNews, TANGERANG – Emah (60) has become a farmworker for almost half of her life. From that job, she has never bought rice for her daily needs since she always received payment in the form of rice. However, this will soon change because the agricultural land where she usually works will be turned into a factory in the near future. 

“Stakes have been installed. It will be measured, and the factory will be built,” said Emah when she attended the Ramadan Islamic gathering with Ramadan Rice Truck and Food Truck of Aksi Cepat Tanggap in At-Taqwa Mosque, Citra Raya Boulevard Street, Mekar Bakti, Panongan, Tangerang, Saturday (5/1/2021).

Emah explained that the rice field conversion into a factory has stopped her job. In the future, she will have to buy her rice and look for a new job.

In the past, Emah used to receive allowances from her children. However, her children got laid off from their works and now can no longer help her.

As her burden is increasing, Emah takes in debt to fulfill her daily necessities. “Fortunately, the electric bills are still on the government during the pandemic. Meanwhile, I’m using a water well to fulfill my water needs,” she said.

Emah was grateful for being invited to attend the gathering and be one of the beneficiaries of Humanity Rice Truck - ACT. She was relieved since she doesn’t need to buy rice for several days ahead.[]