The Jakarta Post
State-owned fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia plans to develop a rice center to provide farmers with skill and knowledge as well as facilities to improve the quality of their rice in Indramayu, West Java.
“Indramayu, one of the main rice producers in the country, is the ideal location to develop the rice center,” PT Pupuk Indonesia president director Aas Asikin said as reported by tribunnews.com on Monday.
State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno visited Mundu village in Indramayu regency last Friday to attend a presentation on the establishment of the center, which will be managed by PT Pupuk Indonesia Pangan (PIP), a subsidiary of PT Pupuk Indonesia.
Aas said the center would consist of three main sections – agricultural depot, rice cultivation unit and rice mill.
The agricultural depot will be used to store rice, fertilizer, seeds and pesticide. The rice cultivation unit will helping farmers cultivate their rice fields to improve land productivity through technical guidance and the distribution of fertilizer, seeds and pesticide.
Meanwhile, the rice milling unit will manage paddy produced by farmers and help them improve the quality.
“With modern technology, paddy will become high quality medium and premium rice,” Aas added.
Initially, the rice mill will have a capacity of 4 tons per hour and will be increased to 12 tons per hour. (bbn)
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