Bring Forward the Farmers, Ministry of Agriculture Working on Upstream and Downstream of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture is currently focusing on the target of increasing food production. Not only production, the Ministry of Agriculture also helped complete the marketing of production so that farmers gain benefit and the community can easily get food.

Academic of the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Prima Gandhi assessed that the upstream and downstream sectors must be resolved together, so that abundant production is not hampered by marketing, and vice versa. According to him, the commitment of the Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo to continue to prosper the farmers is no doubt.

“Details on the short, medium, and long term programs have been prepared. The Minister is very pro-farmer because he grew up from the bureaucrats in the village, so that he can feel the anxiety of the farmers. The Minister of Agriculture avoids food imports, as long as domestic farmers are able to meet and provide needs, “ Gandhi said in Bogor, Wednesday (6/24/2020).

According to Gandhi, improvements in land and production data, monitoring systems, innovation and seed technology to help access domestic and foreign markets, are carried out in parallel now. Until today, food production is relatively safe, and agricultural exports are still growing positively, where its contribution to GDP is still positive.

For the Minister of Agriculture’s thoughts and moves, there are a lot of appreciations received from various groups. Even at the Minister of Agriculture’s Working Meeting and Commission IV of the Indonesian Parliament, he received appreciation from Senayan.

“One of the conclusions is that the House of Representatives Commission IV of the Republic of Indonesia appreciates the commitment of the Minister of Agriculture to ensure that imports of strategic commodities that can be produced optimally domestically are not guaranteed,” said Gandhi.

In the Commission IV Working Meeting, Monday (6/22/2020), Minister of Defense Syahrul Yasin Limpo in his closing remarks expressed high confidence that he would be able to protect Indonesian farmers, thanks to the support and togetherness between the government and the legislature. He said that a good supervision will strengthen the policy.

“In addition, strong support will strengthen national food security efforts,” Syahrul explained.

Regarding the appreciation from the House of Representatives Commission IV for the commitment of the Minister of Agriculture to guarantee not to import strategic commodities that can be optimally produced domestically, Minister of Defense Syahrul added that import affairs are not only the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture.

“But it was decided in a coordination meeting with other ministries in the Ministry of Coordinating Ministry and by considering various conditions that exist in the country,” he explained.

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Jakarta, Kementerian Pertanian (Kementan) saat ini fokus pada target peningkatan produksi pangan. Tak hanya produksi, Kementan pun membantu menyelesaikan pemasaran produksi sehingga petani mendapat untung dan masyarakat mudah memperoleh pangan.

Akademisi Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Prima Gandhi menilai sektor hulu dan hilir harus dapat diselesaikan secara bersama, agar produksi melimpah tidak terhambat pemasaran, begitu pula sebaliknya. Menurutnya komitmen Mentan Syahrul Yasin Limpo untuk terus mensejahterakan petani tidak diragukan lagi.

On going programme untuk jangka pendek, menengah, dan panjang telah dipersiapkan detilnya. Pak Menteri sangat pro petani karena tumbuh dan besar dari birokrat di desa, sehingga merasakan betul kegelisahan petani. Menteri Pertanian menghindari impor pangan, sepanjang petani dalam negeri mampu memenuhi dan mencukupi kebutuhan,” demikian dikatakan Gandhi di Bogor, Rabu (24/6/2020).

Menurut Gandhi, perbaikan data lahan dan produksi, sistem monitoring, inovasi dan teknologi benih hingga membantu akses pasar domestik dan luar negeri, dilakukan paralel saat ini. Hingga hari ini produksi pangan relatif aman, dan ekspor pertanian masih bertumbuh positif, dimana kontribusinya terhadap PDB pun masih positif.

Langkah dan pemikiran Mentan tersebut, setidaknya telah mendapatkan apresiasi dari berbagai kalangan. Bahkan dalam Rapat Kerja Mentan dan Komisi IV DPR RI, mendapatkan apresiasi dari senayan.

“Salah satu butir kesimpulannya, Komisi IV DPR RI mengapresiasi komitmen Menteri Pertanian untuk menjamin tidak melakukan impor terhadap komoditas strategis yang dapat diproduksi secara optimal di dalam negeri,” ungkap Gandhi.

Dalam Rapat Kerja Komisi IV, Senin (22/6/2020), Mentan Syahrul Yasin Limpo dalam kata penutupnya menyampaikan percaya diri yang tinggi akan mampu menjaga petani Indonesia, berkat dukungan dan kebersamaan antara pemerintah dan legislatif. Fungsi pengawasan yang baik, menurutnya akan memperkuat kebijakan.

“Begitu pula dukungan yang kuat, akan perkuat upaya ketahanan pangan nasional,” beber Syahrul.

Terkait apresiasi dari Komisi IV DPR atas komitmen Mentan untuk menjamin tidak melakukan impor terhadap komoditas strategis yang dapat diproduksi secara optimal di dalam negeri, Mentan Syahrul menambahkan dalam bahwa urusan impor itu bukan hanya wewenang Kementan saja.

“Tetapi diputuskan dalam rakortas bersama kementerian lain di Kemenko dan dengan mempertimbangkan berbagai kondisi yang ada di tanah air,” jelasnya.

Source : http://infopublik.id/