Rural development expo enlivens Sail Moyo Tambora

Rural development expo enlivens Sail Moyo Tambora

Hundreds of traditional motor boats sail to Labuhan Badas Port in Sumbawa Island to mark the opening of Sail Moyo Tambora on Sunday, September 9, 2018. (ANTARA News/Azizah Fitriyanti)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Ministry (PDTT) displayed data and information on rural development achievements at an exhibition organized during the Sail Moyo Tambora maritime event in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara.

The ministry highlighted development programs being conducted to develop villages and disadvantaged regions, Bonivasius Prasetya Ichtiarto, the ministry`s spokesman, noted in a statement, here, Monday.

Programs on community empowerment were also showcased during the event, so other regions could emulate them, he added.

"The PDTT ministry shares concrete practices on community empowerment programs implemented not only in Sumbawa but also in other districts across Indonesia," he noted.

Over the last three years, the ministry had allocated funds for the construction of nearly 123 thousand kilometers of rural roads, over 781 thousand kilometers of bridges, 6,576 rural markets, 26,750 rural industries, 1,971 reservoirs, nearly 29 thousand irrigation systems, and 3,111 sports facilities.

The ministry also lauded the implementation of Sail Moyo Tambora, as it promotes tourism and rural development in West Nusa Tenggara, including in the fields of fishery and agriculture.

As part of the Sail Indonesia series, Sail Moyo Tambora is being held in Sumbawa on Sept 9-23 with various events, such as yacht rally, cultural parades, local products expo, paragliding, traditional buffalo race, horse race, music festivals, and fun run.

Sail Moyo Tambora had been launched to mark the start of tourism development in Sumbawa Island, one of the largest islands in West Nusa Tenggara.

"Since 2016, we have been setting the sail events across the archipelago to accelerate tourism development, which will also encourage other sectors to grow," Deputy for Maritime Culture of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs Safri Burhanudin remarked during a press conference in Sumbawa on Saturday night.

The government has pledged investment of some Rp450 trillion to develop tourism in Sumbawa Island through infrastructure and promotion.

As the event is being held in the area of Mount Tambora, the 9th most active volcano in the world, Sail Moyo Tambora`s participants will also have the opportunity to hike the 2,851-meter-high volcano.

"Sail Moyo Tambora will hold the Moyo Festival that had been held annually," Burhanuddin added.

Reporting by Jaka S
Editing by Fardah Assegaf

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