ACTNews, KARAWANG – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) collaborated with SHARP to promote national food independence from the agricultural sector through the SHARP MAPAN (Building Independent Food Producer Community) program. This program took place on agricultural land in Gembongan Village, Banyusari District, Karawang, West Java.
According to Andry Adi Utomo, SHARP's National Sales Sr. General Manager, SHARP MAPAN is an empowerment program for all farmers in Indonesia. This program is being echoed to ensure that every farmer in Indonesia can live a prosperous and self-sufficient life. According to Andry, this program provides farmers with capital, such as seeds, fertilizers, and other agricultural production facilities.
"Several goals of SHARP MAPAN are ensuring the availability of food, particularly rice, the availability of capital for rice production, optimizing unused land in villages to return to productivity, and creating new jobs for the villagers," said Andry, who attended the rice harvesting on Thursday (5/13/2022).
ACT and SHARP purchased 82 tons of rice harvested by farmers during the harvest of the SHARP MAPAN program in Gembongan Village. This figure represents the cumulative result of Phase 1 of the SHARP MAPAN action, which will take place in October 2021 and yield 31 tons of rice.
This rice's purchase price is higher than the price offered by the broker. Andry envisions this activity as the first step toward achieving national food sovereignty.
"Sharp's collaboration with ACT in Gembongan Village has gone well, Alhamdulillah. The rice has turned yellow, and the harvest is plentiful. Hopefully, this assistance will solve the community's food shortages while also providing economic empowerment to food producers," He stated.
Sri Eddy Kuncoro, President of Global Wakaf-ACT, stated that the ACT farmer empowerment program has been present in 15 Indonesian provinces since its inception in 2020. In addition to capital assistance, the ACT and SHARP Teams provided spiritual sessions during the production process.
Eddy also explained that the farmers' unhulled rice would be processed into quality rice and packaged in 3-kilogram-package later on. "We will distribute the rice to needy communities throughout Indonesia through various ACT programs, such as free rice operations," Eddy explained.
"We buy the farmers' grain regardless of the conditions in this program. Thus, apart from economic benefits, farmers can avoid usury if they sell their goods to the broker," Eddy stated.