Source: CNBC Indonesia
Date: September 2, 2021

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Way Sekampung Dam, Pringsewu Regency, Lampung, Thursday (2/9/2021).

"Alhamdulillah, the Way Sekampung Dam, which has been built since 2016, has been completed and is ready for use," The President said.

According to Jokowi, the construction of the dam cost about 1.78 trillion IDR. It has a capacity of 68 million cubic meters with an inundation area of 800 hectares.

This dam is multifunctional, can be used for irrigation, then for fresh water, also for power generator and flood control. Capable of irrigating 55,000 hectares of existing irrigation areas and 17,500 hectares of new irrigation areas. This means that there is extensification," said Jokowi.

"And provide fresh water of up to 2.73 liters per second and as a source of 5.4 megawatts of power generator, and I have also conveyed that as a flood controller," he continued.

Jokowi hopes that with the existence of water management from upstream to downstream using a cascade system, the continuity of water availability in one of Indonesia's national food barns can be maintained.

"Continue to produce and increase production. The intensity of planting can be increased from twice a year to three times a year. This means that production will certainly increase and we hope that the welfare of farmers will also increase. This is our hope," said Jokowi.

Furthermore, the former Governor of DKI Jakarta said that this dam will function optimally to support agricultural productivity if it is connected with a well-organized irrigation system. Starting from primary irrigation, secondary irrigation, tertiary irrigation and quarter irrigation.

"And I ask the Governor of Lampung (Arinal Djunaidi), the Regent of Pringsewu (Sujadi) in particular, and the other regents who are related to this matter, to really pay attention to this matter," said Jokowi.

"We hope that this dam will provide the maximum benefit for the people of Pringsewu Regency and its surroundings in order to support farmer productivity, help people who have difficulty with clean water and reduce community losses due to flooding," he continued.