Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lampung's Potential Natural Resources

By on 8:02 PM


With an area of more or less 3.528.835 hectares, Lampung province has a potential various, prospective and reliable natural resources like agriculture, plantations, fishery, husbandry, mining, tourism and forestry. The province is recorded to have a technical irrigation area of 103.245 hectares, and a non-technical area of 244.008 hectares. The total irrigation has reached 371.417 km. In 2006.  These rice fields produced 2.129.914 tons of rice. Compared to the rice production in 2004 and 2005, there was an increase in production of rice in 2006. While the production of cassava and cane reached more than 5.473.283 tons, and corn reached 1.183.982 tons in 2006. Therefore, food security in Lampung province was adequately strong.

Forest area reached 1.004.735 ha or about 30.43% of the total areas. The forest areas consisted of 317.615 ha of protected forest, sanctuary, and tourism forests of 462.030 ha, limited production  and fixed production forests, each having an area of 33.358 ha, and 91.732 ha. In the framework of supporting environmentally sound continued developments, forest production is focused on non-wood and ecotourism.
Lampung province obtained 133.503 tons from marine catches, and catches from other waters totaled 10.345 tons. The aquaculture production was 164.264 tons, while freshwater aquaculture reached 17.448 tons. 

Dry land areas cover 89.88% of the total areas in Lampung province, which are well suited for developing feedlot. With this potential, Lampung has the largest feedlots in Indonesia with a total livestock of 428 thousands or equivalent to 60% of the national livestock population.

Lampung is also known for its corn, cassava and fine bran productions that can be used as raw materials for concentrates highly needed by livestock. With the support of available raw materials, Lampung is able to produce 23 millions of chickens in 2006.

Lampung economy is largely supported by such plantation productions as coffee, rubber, coconuts, pepper, and sugar cane. Coffee production reached 143.050 in 2006, cacao 22.976 tons, and coconut reached more than 112.631 tons. While pepper, rubber, palm, and sugar cane reached respectively 24.011, 54.461, 367.840, and 693.613 tons. From sugar cane production, Lampung contributed 35% of national sugar production in 2006.

Note:
Figures for the last three years are still being collected.