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Project I, Rice Field Reclamation at Pelindukan and Penikel, Kampung Laut, Cilacap

At the moment because there are no dykes / gates /culverts / canals the fields experience salt water inundation at high tides and fresh water inundation in times of floods during the wet season. The dykes will solve there two problems. However heavy rain also cause water logging as the land is low but with the gates / culverts / canals the energy from the river in flood will carry in heavily sediment laden water into the low laying fields.

As the water is trapped the sediment mud falls on the low lying rice fields raising them somewhat. This river has 770.000 tons of sediment every year, which is unusually severe and clogs up the lagoon outlet to the sea and increases water logging in the fields. We intend to siphon off this mud via the gates / culverts / canals and the gates allow farmers to control the amount of mud laden water into the fields. Obviously the land nearest the gates will be raised with the first floods and this can be planted earlier then land further in. The farmers in Ciberum village believe this process will increase crop yields to three fold the present crop as they see how this happened in Pelindukan village when the previous Rotary Project was implemented. This project is seen as a triumph of local wisdom and now appreciated by local government bodies who admire etc on the project.

This program works in co-operation with the government e.g. The River and Waterways Dept. Promises Irrigation Water. The local government public works dept provided funds for 500 mts of irrigation channel in 2015 and increase this in2016. Also free soya bean seeds and fertilizer for 200 hcts via the Dept of Agriculture. So besides the Rotarian evaluation and monitoring as clearly stated in the gov environmental assessment. The following dept will monitor and evaluate:

1. Dept of Public Work – Water Resource
2. Environmental Board
3. Office of Work Creation
4. Kampung Laut District Officials
5. Board of Health
6. Office of Transportation

The most important local resource are the people and the system of gotong royong (self help) where the workers only get an “incentive” ensures very good results as the benefits will be experienced directly by the people themselves.

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Project II, Continuation of Land reclamation towards Food Security Project

The main objectives of the project, and who will benefit from it:

To help villagers in a remote village, adjacent to the village helped in the 1st completed Global Grand Project No. GG1419866 at Pelindukan village to reclaim their rice fields which has become water logged

because of severe sedimentation from the mountains, closing up the lagoon exit to the sea and also raising the river bed. With the reclamation rice fields they can earn a livelihood – feed, cloth and educate their families and contribute to the food security of the area.

They can learn from the rice farmers in Panikel, Pelindukan area – not only to grow rice in the wet season but also vegetables in dry season as the land reclaimed with sediment has been shown to produce bumper crops of both rice and vegetables. The first project was reported to produce 1,400 tons of high quality rice in its first Harvest (valued at IDR 7 billion) the Rotary grant was + IDR 1 billion. Rotary Indonesia declared this project number one for 2015 and the report can be viewed on Rotary website. The regent accompanied by PDG. Eva were present at the ‘Opening of The Harvest’ Ceremony.

Area of focus will this project support:

  • Water and sanitation
  • Economic and community development
  • Measuring Success

The project take place in Sub Regrency of Kampung Laut , Regency of Cilacap, Central Java Village of Ciberum – Desa of Ujung Gagak, Indonesia

Project planning:

The need to return their water logged rice fields was made known to some Rotarians when visiting the area and the locals saw how villagers down river solved their problem with canals, culverts and water gates and asked the help of Rotary Club Cilacap for funding for such. As this area is south of Panikel and hence the process of sedimentation is more recent, there is a need of 8 kms of dykes involving the moving of ± 112.000 cubic meters of earth to ensure no salt water inundation at high tides.

The Local community being inspired by neighboring village, planed the project themselves but as it means breaching river banks under the authority of the Dept. of Rivers and Waterways they had to get their approval and commitment to monitor and advise. There is an elected village board to implement the project, roster workers and pay the ‘incentive’ on work done (Rp.10.000 for every cubic meter of earth moved and emplaced). They planned the project themselves but as there is as yet no dykes in place they realized the need to build these dykes from scratch. The Dept. of Rivers and Waterways as in the previous project are committed to supervise and monitor the project. They were also given a Promise of an Irrigation system and Irrigation water from the Citanduy Dam Project under the control of Dept. of Rivers and Waterways. Local regional Gov.also gave approval of their plans. All villagers participate in regular village meetings and approve activities by acclamation. There is work to be done. The work incentive covers the cost of one kilogram of rice for each cubic meter of earth moved and emplaced.

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