Rote Ndao District Head Leonard Haning remarked on Thursday that the 74 retention basins are spread across the entire area of Indonesia`s southernmost district bordering with Australia.
"Yes, the government has constructed 74 "embung" in Rote, and one of them is the Saina retention basin, which was inaugurated by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on Tuesday," Haning confirmed.
He noted that while inaugurating the Embung Saina at Oelolot Village in West Rote Sub-district, President Jokowi had obtained first-hand information about retention basins built to increase water supply to East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province.
The president inaugurated one of the retention basins in Rote Ndao District as part of the national strategic project.
The basins are expected to boost agricultural productivity that can serve as one of the tools to accelerating development and ensuring equitable development in several eastern regions of Indonesia, including in NTT Province.
Some 30 percent of the province`s gross regional domestic product comes from the agriculture and fisheries sectors. It demonstrates that both sectors are the key to boosting the welfare of the people of NTT.
"We saw that people living around this `embung` can start new fields and plant paddy and corn. I guess what we are building here is welcomed by the community with productive action," Jokowi noted.
Viewed as being the key to improving the people`s welfare, NTT has as many as 1,100 retention basins. In addition to the construction of 74 basins located in the Rote Ndao Regency, 24 other basins have been built in other areas in the province.
The Saina Embung in Oelolot Village has a capacity of 102,709 cubic meters. The embankment is expected to meet the needs of raw water and livestock for approximately 225 locals.