Tuesday, 18 June 2019 | 21:37 WIB

Rural Areas Urged to Become Main Pillar of Village Economy

Anwar Sanusi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Areas, and Transmigration (kemendespdtt)

JAKARTA, NNC - Anwar Sanusi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Areas, and Transmigration, said the approach to the rural areas was very appropriate to help improve the economy in the village. He even encouraged rural areas to become the main pillars of the village economy.

"Hopefully, we can continue to develop and strengthen the buildings that we have put in place to immediately make rural areas the main pillars in supporting rural economy," Anwar said when giving direction to the Ministry of Agriculture's Socialization of Rural Area Development Programs in Jakarta on Monday (18 / 2/2019).

Anwar said, various programs carried out for the village must have the spirit of optimizing the potential for cooperation between villages. So that cooperation between villages, he continued, will be able to accelerate in realizing rural development.

"We also have to look at the potential of each village in offering the program. The village area can consist of two, three or more villages, which is how the area will grow and develop," Anwar said.

According to Anwar Sanusi, there are many ways that can be done in optimizing the development of rural areas, such as the Joint Program of Rural Areas (Prukades) and Village-Owned Enterprises (BUMDes).

According to him, economic development with a regional approach such as this would be more effective in accelerating village economic growth.

"How can we create new economic centers through this rural area. Talk about economic institutions, we make regional approaches. If there are BUMDes in the village, if in the region we make BUMDes Together," he said.

Regarding the socialization of the rural area program, he said, it was also used to explore the potentials that could be developed in rural areas. He hoped that the socialization could be immediately followed up by also involving various stakeholders from the central, regional, tertiary and private governments.

"If we build a rural area, it means that we are also pushing for the acceleration of village development. With such socialization, we can explore the potential to develop rural areas. Because we cannot reach all of them related to limitations," he said.