JAKARTA, NNC - The Ministry of Village, Development of Underdeveloped Regions, and Transmigration (Kemendes PDTT) together with the Government of Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara plans to develop Mules Island as a leading tourist destination.
Mules Island which has an area of 18,029 hectares is presenting the beauty of the expanse of rocks and grasslands and mixed forests.
Around the island live a variety of animals, such as turtles, dolphins, fish, coral and anemone clusters that are suitable for surfing, snorkeling and diving.
"To facilitate access to this island, we have provided assistance in the form of procurement of wooden docks and boats for fishermen," said Johozua M. Yoltuwu, Director General of Certain Areas Development of Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration, as cited from Ministry of Village website, Monday (4/2/2018).
Johozua continued the Village Ministry will provide other assistance such as 35-ton cargo ship and together with the government of Manggarai Regency plans to complete the construction of lean concretes that surround the island along the 21 km.
"Cargo ship can help fishermen in distributing their catches, while lean concretes open access and become a tourist attraction in the form of island tour," he explained.
"We prepare IDR2.4 billion for homestay development and various facilities to provide more comfort for tourists who come."
Another thing which is supported is one of the villages in Mules Island, i.e., the village of Nuca Molas whose economy is also developed especially for fishermen and ranchers. With a population of 1,340 people, the livestock potential is quite open with the current number of livestock totaling 1,420 cows.
"The district government buys 70 hectares on Mules Island for cattle breeding and animal feed development," added Manggarai Regent Deno Kamelus.
In addition to Manggarai Regency of NTT, the Ministry of Village developed Aceh Singkil Regency, East Lombok regency, and West Southeast Maluku Regency, which are 16 integrated priority regencies selected as pilot project. The results of the piloting will be adopted by 12 other Priority Regencies in accordance with the characteristics of potential, needs, and problems of each region.