Sigi, Central Sulawesi (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo stated that rice harvest in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, could reach 6.2 tons per hectare and commended this achievement.

"I want to check the big harvest in Sigi, and I see good results here," said Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, during his visit to review the rice harvest in a village in the district on Wednesday.

He noted that harvesting 6.2 tons of rice per hectare could be achieved if farmers followed the Agriculture Minister's direction regarding the mechanism on the acceleration of post-harvest replanting.

"We can yield 6.2 tons of rice per hectare. The Agriculture Minister encouraged farmers to accelerate post-harvest replanting by utilizing tractors and other agriculture machines," Jokowi stated.

He added that the government emphasizes the importance of replanting after rice harvest and encourages farmers in Sigi, through the issuance of various mechanisms by the Ministry of Agriculture.

"We hope the modern mechanism will speed up replanting after rice harvest by farmers," he said.

After visiting the rice harvest, Jokowi is scheduled to attend the inauguration of the Gumbasa Irrigation Dam in the district.

He stated that completion of the rehabilitation and reconstruction process of the irrigation network in the region can optimize the service area of 8,180 hectares of rice fields and increase the agricultural index by 300 percent.

"I hope that the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Gumbasa irrigation will increase our agricultural productivity, support food security and sovereignty, and improve the welfare of farmers," he emphasized.

Jokowi visited Central Sulawesi on March 26-27 to inaugurate several public transportation infrastructure and distribute food aid.

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Translator: Moh Salam, Resinta Sulistiyandari
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