Waqf-Based Rice Barn Empowers Local Villagers

There are 40 Jipang villagers have been employed by the LBW to produce 10 tons of rice a day.

Waqf-Based Rice Barn Empowers Local Villagers' photo
Activities in the Waqf-Based Rice Barn on Tuesday (12/3) during the processing of the rice that was going to be distributed to 1,000 beeneficiaries. (ACTNews/Muhajir Arif Rahmani)

ACTNews, BLORA - The rice which had been packed neatly was ready to be distributed to around 1,000 beneficiaries in Jipang Village, Cepu Subdistrict, Blora Regency during the launching of the Waqf-Based Rice Barn (LBW) initiated by the Global Wakaf-Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).

One day before the launching, on Tuesday (12/3), workers at the LBW in Jipang Village was busy packaging the rice. Some were busy hulling the rice; some were at the automatic packing machine. The rest were arranging the packed rice that was ready to be distributed.

"We have around 40 workers working in the LBW consisting of local villagers. We are also trying to empower local residents by involving them in the rice production at LPW, "said Ngadi, one of the persons in charge.

Thanks to the workers who work for 8 hours a day, LBW can now produce up to 10 tons per day. The community appreciates the presence of the LBW in Jipang Village. Mbah Suki, a local villager, was among those who benefit from the presence of the LBW.

One of the LBW workers who was sealing the rice packages. (ACTNews / Muhajir Arif Rahmani)

"I'm grateful for the LBW here because my two children also work at LBW to make ends meet. I can also use the rice bran, the side product of the rice hulling process, to feed my animals, "said Mbah Suki.

Onr of the LBW workers was Bambang Supriyanto. The 23-year-old man was grateful that LBW can employ workforce from the local community so that the community can be empowered.

"I am immensely benefitted by the LBW because it supports my economy. Alhamdulillah, I have been saving the money I earn from LBW to be used for my wedding in January 2020," said Bambang.

In addition to economically supporting its employees, Ngadi also said that the LBW has helped farmers in Jipang Village. To produce 10 tons of rice, LBW collaborates with the local farmers to buy their crops higher than the market price.

"The impact is huge for the community because LBW can stabilize prices. During the rainy season, for example, the rice prices in the market can plummet. But here in LBW, even though the price of the rice decreases, we can stabilize it," Ngadi said.

The rice is used not only for commercial purpose, but also for ACT’s humanitarian programs. In early 2018, rice produced in Jipang Village was distributed to the Palestinian Humanitarian Vessels.

In 2017, thousands of tons of rice from Blora was also sent to Africa and Bangladesh to help the victims of the humanitarian crises. In Indonesia, the rice from Blora was sent to the victims of Palu, Sigi and Donggala earthquakes in 2018. []