NTT should boost agriculture production to eliminate poverty: VP

NTT should boost agriculture production to eliminate poverty: VP

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin at the coordination meeting to end extreme poverty in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), October 17, 2021. (ANTARA/HO-Setwapres/rst)

Various programs are able to increase production in the agricultural, livestock, and fishery sectors. These programs are very supportive to end extreme poverty
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin called on the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial government to develop programs that bolster production in the agriculture, livestock, and fisheries sectors in order to reduce extreme poverty.

"Various programs are able to increase production in the agricultural, livestock, and fishery sectors. These programs are very supportive to end extreme poverty," Vice President Amin noted in a statement received on Monday from the Press, Media, and Information Bureau of the Vice President's Secretariat.

Vice President Amin made the statement while chairing a coordination meeting to discuss extreme poverty reduction with the ranks of the NTT provincial government in Kupang on October 17.

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East Sumba, South Central Timor, Rote Ndao, Central Sumba, and East Manggarai are the five districts in NTT Province that are being prioritized for tackling extreme poverty until the end of 2021.

At the meeting, Amin called on the NTT provincial government and the five priority districts to ensure that all extreme poverty reduction programs of the central government can be targeted on point to the beneficiary community (KPM).

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"Our biggest challenge is how to ensure that all programs from the central, provincial, and district governments can be accepted by the extremely poor households in the five priority districts," he informed.

To accelerate the target of solving extreme poverty in the five districts by 2021, the vice president spoke of the government having provided an additional budget for social assistance programs for the poor community.

"To this end, in the last three months of 2021, the government will bolster designated efforts using existing programs, such as the Sembako Program and Cash Assistance Program (BLT)," he added.


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