Ministry of Agriculture Strengthens the Collaboration with Saudi Arabia in the Field of Agriculture

Jakarta – If all this time Indonesia’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia has focused more on the affairs of the hajj and umroh, this time the Ministry of Agriculture held a friendly meeting and strengthened cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the field of agriculture. The collaboration invites the entire Ministry of Agriculture to develop the economies of the two countries to increase trade in agriculture.

 “We are ready to establish good trade partnerships with Saudi Arabia, especially in agriculture, I guarantee that all agricultural commodities we can export to Saudi Arabia such as poultry, chicken, processed chicken products, rice and of course all have halal certificates considering that Indonesia has a population largest Muslim in the world, “explained the Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo when meeting with the Arab Ambassador in the office, Ministry of Agriculture Central Office (12/12)

During the meeting Saudi Arabia also said that they would provide an opportunity for Indonesian government to be able to introduce Indonesian agricultural products through an exhibition which will be held by the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta in January. Furthermore, it is planned that in February the Ministry of Agriculture will officially visit Saudi Arabia as a follow up to the cooperation in the trade of agricultural products.

Meanwhile the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Mr. Essam bin Abed Al-Thaqafi stated that his party had discussed with the Ministry of Agriculture regarding the kind of Indonesian agricultural products which could be exported to Saudi Arabia. During the meeting the Arab Ambassador also said that an MOU would be held soon between the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and Saudi Arabia in the near future.

“Through this meeting we invite the Minister of Agriculture and his staff to be able to visit directly to our country (Saudi Arabia) to have a further discussion related to improving this cooperative relationship,” said the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Mr. Essam bin Abed Al-Thaqafi.

In addition, there are several things that will be discussed in the MoU cooperation, especially those directly related to agriculture, such as conducting training for farmers and plans to export agricultural products including agricultural machinery that are needed by the Saudi Arabian market.

 

Language : Bahasa Indonesia

 

Jakarta-Kementerian Pertanian (Kementan) menargetkan peningkatan kesejahteraan petani melalui tiga program strategis. Ketiga program ini adalah penyediaan layanan Kredit Usaha Rakyat (KUR), program Gerakan Tiga Kali Ekspor (Gratieks) dan pembentukan Komando Strategi Pembangunan Pertanian (Kostra Tani).

Syahrul menjelaskan, program KUR adalah program strategis yang diperuntukan untuk meningkatkan kinerja sektor pertanian dari hulu ke hilir melalui akses yang lebih mudah. Program ini diharapkan mampu menopang dan memperkuat potensi pertanian di daerah-daerah.

Ketiganya harus saling terkait demi terwujudnya kesejahteraan petani, Kami memiliki anggaran Rp50 triliun dari total plafon anggaran sebesar Rp190 triliun. Kredit ini juga memiliki bunga murah, yakni hanya 6 persen,” ujar Menteri Pertanian (Mentan) Syahrul Yasin Limpo di Jakarta, Selasa (10/12).

Selain itu, Syahrul menerangkan bahwa Kementerian Pertanian juga memiliki program penguat melalui Gerakan Tiga Kali Lipat Ekspor (Geratieks). Gerakan ini dibuat sebagai ajakan pemerintah kepada seluruh pemegang kepentingan pembangunan pertanian agar bekerja dengan cara yang tidak biasa.

Tentu kita bisa bekerja dengan memanfaatkan teknologi, inovasi, jejaring dan kerjasama yang kuat. Dengan begitu, akses informasi terkait potensi komoditas ekspor di masing-masing daerah terbuka lebar dan memiliki tujuan ekspor yang bisa diakses melalui aplikasi peta potensi ekspor dan IMACE (Indonesia Maps of Agriculture Commodities Export,” katanya.

Pertanian on farm merupakan proses yang berhubungan langsung dengan budidaya pertanian, seperti menyemai bibit, mengawinkan hewan ternak, memupuk, memberi pakan ternak, mengendalikan hama dan penyakit, panen dan lainnya. Sementara, off farm yaitu proses komersialisasi hasil-hasil budidaya pertanian, seperti pedagang, pengepul dan lain-lain.

 

Source : Minstry of Agriculture