InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - The government keeps trying the best to optimize plantation subsector and its derivative because it is proved that plantation commodities delivered positive impacts for the revenue, such as, reinforcing plantation downstream to increase additional values and competition of plantation commodities.
“The government keeps trying to develop and encourage plantation actors to reinforce upstream to downstream sectors. Downstream sectors that run until now have escalate export values in some commodities, such as, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, and others that escalated to be 58,45 trillion rupiah in June 2023,” General Director of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Andi Nur Alam Syah, as InfoSAWIT quoted from the official page of General Directorate of Plantation, Monday (11/9/2023).
He also mentioned escalating competition by developing downstream sectors would need support in right marketing strategies to penetrate many countries. That is why in the event of Perkebunan Expo (Bunex) 2023, Ministry of Agriculture, particularly General Directorate of Plantation did focus group discussion that discussed about acceleration to advantage infrastructure fund in Indonesia, and meeting of planters about reinforcing palm oil plantation governance nationally.
In the chance, Andi Nur also said that fund model through Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency is the ideal one that other plantation commodities should imitate. That is why it needs to establish other agencies to manage fund for other strategic commodities.
He continued partnership scheme – main and plasma – needs to be enlivened again and it is important to get data as the basic to get the right policy. Commodity development should base on traceability.
Director of Plantation and Forest Product Industry General Directorate of Agro-Industry, Ministry of Industry, Merrijantij Punguan Pintaria said that it is important to get downstream plantation industries to escalate export values. Ministry of Industry would support plantation downstream development. Agro industry – sector contributed 50,20% to gross domestic product of non-oil and gas industry. (T2)