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    2019, Ministry of Communications and Informatics Target 1 Million Farmers and Fishermen Online

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    BANDUNG - Director of Information Empowerment Ministry of Communications and Informatics Slamet Santoso said one of the functions of Ministry of Communications and Informatics is to encourage other institutions in improving performance. For example, cooperation between Ministry of Communications and Informatics with Ministry of Agriculture in encouraging the increase in income of farmers or fishermen.

    He said Ministry of Communications and Informatics has a target in 2019, about 1 million farmers and fishermen throughout Indonesia are able to utilize information technology or digital.

    "There is a target in 2019, as many as 1 million farmers or digital fishermen can be formed, mutually connected to each other," he explained in Bandung, Wednesday (12/4).

    Efforts to increase the income of farmers by Ministry of Communications and Informatics, since early 2017, difficult to do through the digitization of seven strategic sectors. Ministry of Communications and Informatics is only a driver, while its leading sector is in the ministry of agriculture.

    Farmers' cards have also been issued, so that farmers are well controlled, and easy to provide assistance to farmers and on target. The farmers' card cooperates with the government bank in the channeling of funds.

    "Farmers with Farm Cards can buy fertilizer or seed, stay swiped alone, without getting out of money. The budget has been prepared by the government, "he explained.

    He said about 9 million farmers had already obtained the farming cards. Especially for West Java, the Farmer Card cooperates with Bank Mandiri.

    "It will disburse funds amounting to Rp30,3 trillion for the purchase of fertilizer and about Rp1 trillion for the seed. Purchased with Farm Cards, as part of the use of digital technology and non-cash transactions of Bank Indonesia, "he asserted. jo

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