Pierogypocket – It feels familiar when we hear about the Covid-19 pandemic. This virus, which can attack anyone, has been scaring people for a year. Once the Covid-19 pandemic lasted, it had a negative impact on human survival. The profession of ‘just staying home’ hinders many activities, such as hindering the teaching-learning process, hindering the buying and selling process, and even many other jobs are hindered so that many people lose their jobs.
What about the activities that take place in the agricultural world where agricultural products are a basic need for all people?
According to the news I read, farmers also experienced bad consequences from the Covid-19 pandemic, such as slowing down the food supply chain and shortages due to the disruption of the agricultural logistics distribution, reducing farmers’ incomes because the space for farmers selling their crops has become very restricted due to the implementation of PSBB (Large Scale Social Restrictions) and declining selling prices due to increased supply but lower purchasing power. It can be concluded that the activities of farmers were not hampered during this pandemic, but that the farmers’ income decreased.
Similar to the activities of young farmers in Central Kalimantan, they do not feel the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their activities in agriculture, because they continue with activities on the land as usual. Since I have a friend who works as a young farmer in Central Kalimantan, I asked him about his activities with his colleagues during this pandemic.
The thing that makes them actively work on the land is because, according to them, their food needs must be met during a pandemic, and the existence of this pandemic has interrupted the import activities while Indonesia produces its needs for mocafel meal from cassava, mostly through imports , fulfilled. . Therefore, these young farmers in Central Kalimantan continue to grow cassava so that their need for cassava can still be met.
All parts of the cassava plant can be used such as the leaves for vegetables in the human diet and as animal feed, the stems which can be used again as seeds and the tubers which are used as mocafemeal. Fortunately, the crop from the cassava they plant will be bought later by an institution. They therefore feel no loss in the material sector in the agricultural world during this pandemic.
Here are some of the activities they do:
Together they did soil preparation using a tractor and made raised beds and checked the land to find out if the land was ready to be planted with cassava seeds.
After the land is ready, they also prepare the seeds that are ready to plant. They also prepared other necessities like fertilizers and pesticides.
Planting cassava they do is considered large scale so their activities are more semi-mechanical. Apart from that, the young farmers also eat with other farmers who are there and they do a little refreshing by looking for entertainment in the country.
This is not because they do not care about the Covid-19 pandemic, but they also think about the needs of every human being. Fortunately, my friend and other young farmers there are still healthy.