InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Luckily, the fire in the forest and areas in 2016 was rare or it drastically decreased compared to it in 2015 that was much and the drought, El Nino.
This was a blessing that in 2016, the rain always come and in long period. Years before, the fire kept happening since 1997/1998.
Deputy of Coordinator Ministry in Food And Agriculture, Musdhalifah Machmud said, from the fire, the government kept focusing to extinguish the fire. But after making analysis, the government agreed to focus not to extinguish but to support the fire prevention by involving the people.
She did not deny, man has something to do with the fire. But if the fire gets bigger and uncontrolled, it would be disaster. “It needs to control the fire. One thing to do is by making cooperation ‘pilot project to develop Desa Makmur Peduli Api’. The reason is that, if proposing Desa Bebas Api, but the people are not better, what to do? So Desa Makmur Peduli Api is the new program that the government supports in this year,” she said. (T2)