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Prukades Significantly Reduces Village Poverty

Prukades Significantly Reduces Village Poverty (kemendes)

JAMBI, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Regent of Tanjung Jabung Barat, Safrial, said that village funds have a significant contribution to the development of Prukades (the Leading Product of Rural Areas) in Tanjung Jabung Barat. For example, the Dataran Kempas Village Fund Tebing Tinggi Sub-District has been successfully utilized for the development of Prukades in the form of Organic Fertilizers.

"Most of them developed Prukades using village funds. So I said to the village, what is important is the Perdes (Village Regulation). What are the percentages of the development of the Prukades to return to the village, how many percent are returned to BUMDes. "Dataran Kempas and Purwodadi Villages. So village funds are quite helpful," Safrial said,.

According to Safrial, Prukades in Dataran Kempas Village, which has been developed since 2016, has significantly reduced poverty. The village which was originally included in the disadvantaged category, now the number of poor families is only 8 families. The Prukades, he continued, was managed by farmer groups and accommodated by Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes).

"Now the income of the people of Dataran Kempas Village ranges from IDR 2.5milion to IDR 8 million per household (head fo family). Now, only 8 families are in the poor category," he said.

Besides organic fertilizer, Tanjung Jabung Barat Regency is also developing other superior products, namely coconut and coffee. Regarding its development, Safrial claimed to open the door for private parties who want to work together to develop Prukades.

"Tanjung Jabung Barat also has coconuts. This has potential. In the future, integrated coconut processing will also be developed. How can coconut batik be processed, and how can it be processed for car seats or so on," he said.

Regarding cooperation with the private sector, he admitted that Prukades in his area had collaborated with PT WKS as a company from the Sinarmas Group. This company acts as an off taker as well as a companion for the development of organic fertilizer prukades.

"Our fertilizer supply to Sinarmas Group. CSR from the company is also used for trainings in addition to the Regional Budget (Regional Budget)," he closed.