InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –Referring to President’s Regulation No. 1/2016, about Peat Restoration Board (PRB), the institution has run its duty and function as it is regulated. By the end of 2017, according to the official statement from PRB to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (28/12/2017), the institution has wet the peat, empowered the social society, planned and mapped Peat Hydrologic Unity, demplot, made the tools of water height in the peat, and prepared the concession supervision.
The wet of the broken peat was done by making drill well, channels, and piling the channels. In 2017, PRB has made 5.900 drill wells, 1.849 channels, 110 spots of piling the channels within the total improved areas reaching 103.476 hectares. “Meanwhile, the partners did the same within the total improved wet areas reaching 98.978 hectares. The total areas reach about200 thousandhectares,” PRB noted.
Still from PRB, the making of drill well involved the 101 society groups to revitalize their economy. It was done by testing the area cultivation without burning, fish breeding, livestock, and bee.
Data from Balai Besar Litbang Sumberdaya Lahan Pertanian noted, the peat in 2011 within the scale 1:250.000 laid about 14,9 million hectares. PRB should improve 7 provinces within the peat reaching about 12,9 millionhectaresorabout 75% of the total peat. They are in Riau, Jambi, South Sumatera, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, and Papua.
PRB also prioritized the restoration in a 2,4 millionhectare area until 2020 based on its damage. 1,4 millionhectaresare in the concession areas. In the previous, the peat restoration would decrease the industrial plantation forest cultivation and palm oil plantation. (T2)