"I hope our farmers buy seeds only in Tanah Laut. Thus the seed is from Tanah Laut and the buyers are also from Tanah Laut. Just like corn seeds produced by Tanah Laut," said Sukamta when harvesting shallots in Jayau Hamlet, Ambungan Village, Pelaihari Sub-district, Wednesday (Sept 9, 2020).
The regent expressed his admiration for the yieds of shallot plants which looked big and full.
It showed, he said, the farmers are increasingly understood the management and characteristic of soil to be planted with shallot, then the results could be maximized.
Sukamta is committed to continue to assist and encourage farmers, especially agricuture is currently able to survive amid the pandemic of COVID-19.
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Meanwhile, Acting Head of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Plantation Agency Ahmad Hairin said, it has been four years that the agency has focused on developing shallot in order to meet the local need.
"It has been tested for several years and the results are quite encouraging," said Hairin.
There are eight hectares of horticultural land for shallot plants in 2020 and 811 hectares for other commodities, such as cilies, vegetables and fruits.
"This year's shallot breading takes place in two locations, namely Jayau Hamlet in Ambungan Village, and in Durian Bungkuk Village. Each has an area of one hectare," he said.
Also attended the event were Head of South Kalimantan Food Crops and Horticulture Agency Syamsir Rahman, and Chairwoman of Tanah Laut PKK Hj Nurul Hikmah Sukamta.
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