President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Tuesday (31/08) inaugurated Kuningan Dam located in Kuningan regency, West Java province.
“Alhamdulillah, Kuningan Dam in West Java Province, which was built for seven years at a cost of Rp513 billion, has been completed and is ready to operate,” President Jokowi said in his remarks.
The dam—which has a capacity of 25.9 million cubic meters and an inundation area of 221.59 hectares—will continuously irrigate 3,000 hectares of community rice fields in Kuningan and Cirebon regencies in West Java and the neighboring Brebes regency in Central Java.
The President also expressed hope that the dam can increase farmers’ productivity welfare.
“If we can maintain the water supply to irrigate rice fields, farmers can increase the planting frequency from once a year to two or three times a year,” he added.
President Jokowi also ordered related parties to connect the dam to the existing irrigation network to optimize the benefits of water provision for farmers.
On the occasion, the Head of State also expressed hope that the dam can provide added value to Kuningan regency and its surrounding areas.
“(The dam will) not only increase agricultural productivity but also facilitates the provision of clean water that is beneficial to the public interests,” he remarked.
In addition to supporting flood control and irrigating rice fields, the Kuningan dam also provides raw water services of 0.30 cubic meters per second and has the potential to generate 0.5 megawatts of electricity. (FID/UN) (GWH/EP)