Reservoir, Livestock and Tourism at the Motaain Belu Border Gets the Government’s Attention – A Deputy II of the National Border Management Agency (BNPP), Komjen Paulus Waterpauw visited a number of economic potentials for residents on the Motaain border, Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Komjen Paulus was accompanied by Asdep [Deputy Assistance] and ranks of Deputy II BNPP.

During the visit, Deputy II and his entourage consolidated the acceleration of economic development in the state border area with Timor Leste and visited a number of economic potentials of the residents, including observing the Sonis Laloran Ranch area at several points, namely Reservoir of Sonis Laloran 2, 500 hectares of animal feed land, animal feed processing plant, cattle feedlot.

In that review, it was noted that the Sonis Laloran 2 Reservoir has a capacity of 8,000 m3 and is the largest reservoir with a source of living water that never dries up in the dry season.

The reservoir was built in 2016 and only in 2018 the water pump operated to drain water from the reservoir to the placeholder, then from the reservoir it was flowed manually to the animal feed area.

“It is necessary to procure a pipe to drain water from the reservoir to the location of the cattle pen. Meanwhile, the machine can operate properly, but the pipes are made of plastic, so many have leaked and need to be replaced with iron pipes,” explained Komjen Paulus, Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

According to Komjen Paulus, the initial number of cows was 25 and now they have grown to 30. The cattle breeding process uses the IB (Artificial Insemination) method.

“The farm employs 11 people consisting of 2 ASN and 9 honorary workers,” he said.

Based on his observations, the condition of the cowshed is in good condition, but it is not used because of the safety factor as there is no surrounding fence and no water flowing from the reservoir to the cattle pen which is located at an altitude.

“So it is necessary for the region to establish a BUMD to manage the livestock area in Sonis Laloran,” he explained.

The group continued their journey to the Fulan Fehan tourist attraction and met with King Dirun from the Umametan Tribe, Alfons Bere Mali Nai and the head of the tourist attraction, Yohanes bere Tobu from the Leorawan Tribe.

For going to tourist sites, the road is quite good but at some points there are roads that are landslides, but can still be passed.

“This tourist location has a very good panorama and quite good tourist facilities, but it needs government support to complete some shortcomings, such as roofs that still use tarpaulins,” he explained.

The tourist location is usually used every year, especially at the moment of the Youth Pledge Day, the Fulan Fehan Festival is always held.

“But two years in the midst of a pandemic, the festival was not held. It is necessary to reconsider the festival will be held, because there are always many visitors, ranging from local and domestic tourists as well as from Timor Leste. But still with a strict process,” he said.

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