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By the end of this year, the Provincial Government of West Java (Jabar) through the Plantation Office distributed 2 million coffee seeds to 130 farmer groups from 11 districts in West Java. West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) handed over the seeds, Tuesday (27/12).
The seed coffee assistance is given to the Regent or Head of Plantation Service of the receiving Regency in Pakuan Building, Jl. Otto Iskandardinata No. 1, the city of Bandung.
Symbolically, Aher handed over 2 million coffee seeds to 11 receiving districts. Bandung Regency receives 457,750 seeds, West Bandung (183,500), Garut (349,900), Tasikmalaya (112,500), Ciamis (52,000), Majalengka (111,250), Sumedang (428100), Subang (12,000), Cianjur (113,500), Sukabumi (84,800 ), and Bogor Regency (94,700 seeds). Two million copies of this coffee have been certified last yesterday on December 22, 2016.
With the advantages possessed, West Java coffee can have economic value and conservation benefits or afforestation for the land area. Governor Ahmad Heryawan said, with high economic value coffee can be a source of income increase of farmers.
"This could be the beginning of the welfare of our peasants, secondly, it could be conservation, we encourage people who are usually on sloping ground for seasonal crops, now we encourage the planted plants to conserve one of the conservation crops, Aher after the event.
Aher added, in the future must be done also the development for this type of coffee plant. An example is a coffee plant combined with Hornet's maintenance.
"There is no coffee honey, but we harvest coffee twice a year, it would be great if coffee is combined with the maintenance of the Hornet for honey production," Aher said.
Furthermore, the Head of West Java Provincial Plantation Office, Arief Santosa, in his report.Arief also explained that the certification is important. Because according to him it can increase productivity, quality of crop yield, and product competitiveness. In addition, it should be supported also by good farming techniques (good agricultural practice) through the provision of appropriate production facilities, in accordance with the implementation of a good farming management system as well.
In 2014 West Java Provincial Government has submitted 1 million coffee seeds to 42 farmer groups in 6 districts. While in 2015 West Java provincial government also handed over 2 million coffee seeds to 65 farmer groups in 11 districts, so that in 2016 there is an increase in the number of beneficiary groups up to 100%. While in 2017 West Java provincial government is targeting to distribute 5 million coffee seeds, so the total from 2014 – 2017 there are 10 million distributed coffee seeds.
The coffee distributed this year is a type of Arabica superior coffee with two types of varieties. First, the seedlings of Sigara Lembang coffee variety can be planted above 1,200 meters above sea level (asl), and secondly, varieties of Lini S795 which is coffee planted for planted at an altitude of 700-1,200 meters above sea level.
With the addition of 2 million seeds of this tree, the estimated area of ??coffee plantations in West Java area of ??37,265 hectares. While the potential land suitable for coffee plants in West Java could reach 50,000 or maximum 200,000 hectares.Upstream Conservation Citarum & Cimanuk, Center Budget Rp 280 Billion
The central government will budget Rp 280 billion for the conservation of upstream areas of the Citarum River and Cimanuk River. This is in accordance with the results of the meeting of Governor Ahmad Heryawan with Vice President Jusuf Kalla together with related ministers last week.
"The central government has a program for the conservation of Citarum and Cimanuk areas, as far as I know there is Rp 280 billion in funds provided by the APBN 2017 for the conservation of the kawaan," Aher said after the delivery of 2 million coffee seeds.
"We use it well, hopefully when we want to revegetate, consolidate the upstream Citarum and Cimanuk upstream areas, conservatively, and at the same time there is economic value, that is coffee plant," he added.
Coffee plants can provide benefits to conservation areas. Coffee can be planted on the sidelines of a conservation plant that is usually a stand.
"So by hydrology of water, forest preservation is good, water absorption is good, floods are reduced," Aher concluded. [ibs]