Suherdjoko, Semarang – Farmers in Central Java have set aside 5 tons of rice and 500 kilograms of eggs to be donated to residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in another community-based movement promoting gotong royong (mutual cooperation), as harvest time came recently.
The farmers, under the Central Java Andalan Fishermen and Farmers Community (KTNA) handed over the donation to the Central Java administration, which will distribute the rice and eggs to those in needs in the province.
"The rice is from members of the KTNA. We set aside some of our crops after harvest time [for the COVID-19 response]," Central Java KTNA acting chairman Munaji told the province's governor Ganjar Pranowo during the handover ceremony on Thursday.
Ganjar lauded the thoughtful gesture and said the donations were needed during the current crisis, as many people have lost their jobs and sources of income.
"I am extremely proud that amid the crisis we are currently going through, the farmers still have the willingness to work hand in hand to help those in need. This is a real form of gotong royong," said the governor. (vny)