President Joko Widodo inaugurates Tukul Dam to strengthen food security

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President of RI Joko Widodo inaugurates Tukul Dam in the Regency of Pacitan, East Java, on Sunday (14/02/2021). (Photo: Biro Pers Istana)

IO – President RI Joko Widodo has inaugurated Tukul Dam in Karanggede Village, District of Arjosari, Regency of Pacitan, East Java, on Sunday (14/02/2021). He arrived on site accompanied by State Secretary Pratikno at 11.50 WIB. They were welcomed by the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono; Governor of East Java, Khofifah Indar Parawansa; and Regent of Pacitan, Indartato. Tukul Dam is a National Strategic Project (ProyekStrategisNasional– “PSN”) constructed on 44.81 ha of land at Telu River, Karanggede Village, District of Arjosari, Regency of Pacitan. As a work of State-Owned Enterprise (BadanUsahaMilikNegara– “BUMN”) contractor PT Brantas Abipraya (Persero), the Dam is ready for irrigation, will serve as a source of raw water, and facilitate flood control after the President inaugurates it. Bambang E. Marsono, Brantas Abipraya’s President Director, describes Tukul Dam as having a length of 233 meters, a top width of 10 meters, and a height of 70.3 meters. Its capacity is 8.7 million cubic meters, and it provides raw water at 300 liters per second, reduces floods at 42.21 cubic meter/second, and it can generate 2 × 132 kilowatts per hour of electrical energy. It can also serve as a water conservation and tourism site.

Tukul Dam is the latest in the long list of dams constructed during President Joko Widodo’s Governmental term. It is one of 65 dams throughout the country whose construction started six years ago, and the Government has spent IDR 916 billion on its construction. The other dams include Raknamo Dam and Rotiklot Dam in East Nusa Tenggara, Tanju Dam and Mila Dam in West Nusa Tenggara, Teritip Dam in East Kalimantan, Gondang Dam in Central Java, Sei Gong Dam in Riau Islands, and Nipah Dam in East Java. “After Tukul Dam in Pacitan, East Java, next Sunday we will be inaugurating Napun Gete Dam in East Nusa Tenggara, Tapin Dam in South Kalimantan, and Sindang Heula Dam in the Province of Banten,” he said.

The President went on to explain the dam’s important role of flood conper second, and naturally it’s for the use of the citizens under the Regent of Pacitan. With a storage capacity of 8.7 million cubic meters, the dam has a great utility of irrigating up to 600 hectares of wet farms. This will increase the planting index from a mere 1 rice planting cycle and 1 food crop planting cycle (each year) to 2 rice planting cycles and 1 food crop planting cycle (a year),” he explained.

The President further expressed his hope that Tukul Dam in Pacitan will become an important, functional infrastructure that strengthens both the food and water security of surrounding areas. “I request that the Provincial Government and Regency Government really utilize this infrastructure to the utmost, so that it generates added value to the region and provides benefits for the residents – by improving regional agricultural production and providing clean water for the region as well,” he said.

Governor of East Java Khofifah Indar Parawansa stated in her report to the President that Tukul Dam is very important for further improvement of agriculture in East Java. Temporary figures from Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik – “BPS”) shows that rice production in East Java is the highest of all Indonesia’s provinces at 5.76 million tons, and a national contribution level of 18.17% in 2020. “BPS’ temporary figures further notes that corn production in East Java is also the national highest at 6.6 million tons, with a national contribution level of 21.8%,” she said. (Ekawati)

contribution level of 18.17% in 2020. “BPS’ temporary figures further notes that corn production in East Java is also the national highest at 6.6 million tons, with a national contribution level of 21.8%,” she said.