Belu: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated Rotiklot Dam in Kakuluk, Mesak, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Monday, May 20, 2019.
With a capacity of 3.2 million cubic meters, the dam is expected to irrigate agricultural areas spanning 139 hectares and 500 hectares. In addition, it is also designed to prevent flooding in the downstream area of Ainiba region.
"During his visit to East Nusa Tenggara, the president was accompanied by State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Coordinator for Presidential Special Staff Teten Masduki and Presidential Expert Staff Gregorius Mere," the presidential secretariat said in a press statement released earlier today.
Based on official data from related government agencies, there are only 231 dams in Indonesia, excluding the additional of 49 newly-constructed dams.
“We will continue building the dams. In the past five years, 49 dams are being constructed, in which the construction of several dams have been completed, among others, the Raknamo Dam, Rotiklot Dam, Gondang Dam, Sei Gong Dam, and Tanjung Mila Dam. We just need to inaugurate them,” Cabinet Secretary's website quoted the media-savvy politician as saying.
Including the 49 dams, the total of dams in the country only reaches 20 percent of the needs. Thus, the construction of dams needs to be accelerated since basic water needs is really high compared to the number of existing dams.
Solid national economic growth was recorded at 5.07 percent (yoy) in the first quarter of 2019, pointing to maintained domestic economic performance despite retreating from 5.18 percent (yoy) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Seasonal factors at the beginning of the year as well as the impact of weaker-than-expected global economic gains contributed to the moderate economic downturn in Indonesia.
Economic growth in the first quarter of 2019 was primarily driven by domestic demand on the back of consumption by non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH) and households.