BRInita Program Successfully Makes This Village a Model for Urban Farming

Jakarta CNBC Indonesia Various plants can be found in densely populated settlements, such as vegetables, fruits such as oranges and grapes, coffee and various flowers. Lush trees of various colors adorn the face of Padjajaran Village, Cicendo District, Bandung City, West Java. Interestingly, the plantation stretches over the Cilimus river with a length of 250 meters.

Apparently, the farming movement in this sub-district has been going on for a long time. The local people also call the plantation Hurry up Saetwo words from Sundanese which mean beautiful yard.

“Initially the building on the river only used bamboo and was not as large as it is now. But because there was a program Urban Farming named Hurry up Sae from the mayor of Bandung in 2014, so residents started to get serious. “The building was replaced with a stronger one and the area was increased,” said Wawasan Setiawan, Head of Buruan Sae, Padjajaran Village.

The seriousness of the residents was proven by replacing the base of the plantation land above the river using light steel. However, the fence and roof still use bamboo. Some parts are covered with thick plastic to protect the plants. Thanks to these improvements, now the plantation in Padjadjaran has been transformed into agrotourism Urban Farming. Apart from getting seeds from the Bandung City Agriculture and Food Service, the plants cultivated there come from residents who look for their own seeds.

Attractiveness urban farming This is getting bigger, after local residents also started increasing educational activities and cultivating catfish and tilapia in seven 1.5 meter ponds. Urban farming The location was further expanded after participating in the BRI Cares for Farming in the City or BRInita program. This farming concept utilizes narrow land in densely populated areas or urban farming.

Wawan admitted that BRInita's presence in Padjajaran could not be separated from the intervention of the village head, namely Paridin. According to Wawan, the village head is actively seeking various kinds of help and support. Paridin then collaborated with BRI through BRInita to expand Buruan Sae Padjajaran in order urban farming it continues to develop and be preserved.

The BRInita program also introduces planting methods vertical gardens, providing a lot of training and assistance, so that residents can be more innovative in processing their harvests at Buruan Sae Padjajaran. The impact can also be felt by local residents. Residents in Padjajaran sub-district no longer have to buy kitchen spices, such as chilies, tomatoes and onions, because they can be harvested directly from Buruan Sae. Apart from that, residents can also enjoy harvests of fresh vegetables and fruit at any time without having to buy them.

It doesn't stop there, residents are also actively processing the harvest at Buruan Sae Padjadjaran into various MSME products, such as Telang Flower and Pot Coffee products. Four types of products can be produced from butterfly pea flowers alone, including fresh drinks. Likewise with coffee products, the raw materials used are also coffee beans harvested from urban farming in Padjadjaran.

Apart from Fresh Telang Flower Drinks and Pot Coffee, MSMEs in Padjajaran Village now have a mainstay product, namely Red Ginger Wedang whose raw materials are also harvested from the garden. urban farming there.

“This herbal drink sells very well on the market, because many people are interested in it. In fact, by selling Red Ginger Wedang online, on line, there are quite a lot of buyers and they are consistent. In one production, we are able to make red ginger drink in 20-25 250ml bottles. “Considering that raw materials are limited, we sell them based on orders,” said member of the Padjajaran Lestari Women's Group, Devi Setiawati.

On a separate occasion, Deputy Main Director of BRI Catur Budi Harto added that BRI continues to realize its commitment to social and environmental responsibility by distributing programs that can actually encourage the improvement of the environmental ecosystem. The BRInita program is one of BRI's real commitments to preserving the environment in the city center, by utilizing narrow land in densely populated areas.

“This program is not only carried out at one point, but at 21 points throughout Indonesia. With the infrastructure assistance that we provide, it is hoped that this program can continue to run continuously so that it becomes a positive forum for the community,” emphasized Catur.

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