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Council Asks Bangli Regency Government to Immediately Overcome the Crisis of Agricultural Extension Workers

Council Asks Bangli Regency Government to Immediately Overcome the Crisis of Agricultural Extension Workers
Council Asks Bangli Regency Government to Immediately Overcome the Crisis of Agricultural Extension Workers

IDBALI – The Bangli district government is experiencing a crisis of agricultural extension workers.

This condition is due to the absence of recruitment of new workers, whereas every year there are always employees who retire.

The Head of the Bangli Agriculture, Food Security and Fisheries Service (PKP), I Wayan Sarma said, judging from the needs, the total number of agricultural extension workers needed was 104 people. While the current number is only 90 people.

“This is because most agricultural extension workers are entering retirement age,” he said, Sunday (14/5/2023).

It is known that the total area of agricultural land in Bangli in 2020 is 13,374 hectares.

On the other hand, the number of 90 people who are there, continued Sarma, is recognized to be decreasing again.

The reason is that there are 13 officers who have passed competence, and will be assigned to certain functional positions.

“To anticipate the shortage of agricultural extension workers, one officer is forced to handle several villages,” he explained.

The shortage of agricultural extension workers and weir guards has received attention from a member of the Bangli DPRD, I Nyoman Basma. He is concerned, because Bangli, which incidentally is an agricultural area, has a shortage of extension workers.

“Supposedly as an agricultural area, the number of extension workers is sufficient. But the reality is even less,” he said.

Basma explained that agricultural extension workers are needed by farmers. Considering that the main task of agricultural extension workers is to escort the main actors and business actors. As well as facilitating farmers and business actors in implementing agricultural technology innovations.

“If at this time one extension worker handles several villages, of course their performance will not be optimal. Considering the distance between one village to another in Bangli is quite far,” he said.

Regarding the current conditions, this politician from Suter Village, Kintamani, has pushed the Bangli Regency Government to propose the formation of agricultural extension workers and dam guards in 2023.

Thus, the crisis of agricultural extension workers can be quickly overcome.

Agricultural products in Bangli are quite superior and able to compete with other regions. How can we maintain excellence and maximize agricultural production, if we only have minimal extension workers. Therefore, we hope that the Bangli Regency government can immediately propose the shortage of personnel.

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