SUKABUMI — The potential of vegetables and fruits in Indonesia is quite large. This has an impact on the wheels of the Indonesian economy in the agricultural sector, which helps provide jobs so that it minimizes unemployment. Quoted from Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS) or Central Statistics Agency, in the second quarter of 2022, the distribution of the population working in the agricultural sector reached 29.96 percent.
One of the agricultural subsectors, horticulture still has the potential to be optimized in order to create welfare of farmers, regional economy, and national economy. In line with this, Dompet Dhuafa continues to strive to optimize this potential through the inauguration of the Green House Lido Waqf Program located in Pesantren Tahfidz Green Lido (PTGL) complex, Sukabumi on Thursday (11/5/2023).
The Green House Lido program is the development of productive waqf management with real sector social investment in agriculture. The cultivation method used is hydroponics, so it is expected to be able to produce quality fruits and vegetables. This waqf-based Green House Lido includes two buildings, with a total area of 800 square meters. Each Green House has an area of 400 square meters.
Sahri, the person in charge of Green House Lido’s hydroponic irrigation installation, explained that the Greenhouse is currently in the process of installing irrigation.
“The method to be used is a hydroponic drip irrigation system with planting media in the form of cocopeat or coconut husk,” Sahri said when interviewed at the location.
Furthermore, Sahri explained, Green House Lido with a total area of 800 square meters is able to accommodate around 1,600 populations or plants. Actually, continued Sahri, the number of the population can increase.
“However, considering the humidity that is quite high, so we give more distance between populations so that the growth is optimal,” he explained.
The type of fruit that will be cultivated at this productive waqf-based Green House is a premium melon type with Fujisawa and Talent varieties. Both varieties were chosen because they have good market prices and can be harvested in about 75 days.
Sahri also explained the advantages of farming with Greenhouse over conventional. Some of these advantages include being able to plant regardless of seasons, cost efficiency because pest control is more controlled, being protected from flying pests such as grasshoppers, using UV plastic as a roof containing tinuvin serves to hold UV by 65 percent, and good fruit quality and safer to consume.
Manager of Waqf Development Program Dompet Dhuafa, Syafii also explained the purpose of constructing Green House Lido with a productive waqf mechanism. One of the purposes is to actualize the dream of Dompet Dhuafa, which is to empower the community, especially local farmers around Green House Lido.
“Green House Lido is designed as PTGL’s revenue stream that empowers local farmers as management partners as well as transfers skill and knowledge of modern agriculture. Hopefully, Green House Lido can become an agro edutourism destination,” he said. (Dompet Dhuafa/Hafiz/Anndini)