The agency then together with the South Kalimantan Agriculture Office conducted shallot seed breeding in Ambungan Village, Pelaihari sub-district, and succeeded.
“The shallot seed breeding area of 4 hectares will be used for the development of shallots on 21 hectares of farmers' land,” said Al Jamaludin Malik, Tuesday (16/6).
The development, he said, will spread across several villages, such as Ambungan, Asri Mulya, Damit Hulu, Batakan, Ketapang, Gunung Makmur, Pandan Sari, and Sungai Pinang.
"Distanhorbun Tala is very supportive of shallot farmers and hopes that in a few years the harvest can meet the needs of shallot in Tanah Laut,” he said.
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One of the shallot farmers, Gunawan, said he was grateful for continuous support from the local government, in the form of seeds, fertilizers, and tools, thus they help him to breed the shallot.
“Alhamdulillah (Thank God) the breeding results are good. Hopefully these seeds can be used and succeed,” said Gunawan.
Gunawan also said that the shallot harvest time is fast, only 60-70 days. That means, in a year he can plant at least twice. However, the shallot care is complicated, it requires diligence and precise handling until after harvest.
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