Agricom.id, SOLOK – Being proven and showed the increasing exports in the pandemic, many now do agricultural sectors. Vice Governor of West Sumatera did appreciate what the central government has been doing to mitigate and anticipate the threat of food crisis.
He thought that not only in the national level that agriculture has become the cantilever of economy.
“27 percent of regional gross domestic product in this province were from agriculture. It was the biggest of all sector here. 55 percent of the workers are in agriculture, including the plantations,” he said in his speech in Expose Inovasi Buah Tropika in Balai Buah Tropika, District of Solok, West Sumatera, Friday (9/4).
He also mentioned that the increasing exports were the same with the increasing consumption of local products about 40 percent.
“It means, we are able to reduce the import product dependence. This is good. We should consume the local fruit and vegetables,” he said, as in the official statement to Agricom.id.
He also thought that the province is in agriculture – base (in source of living).
“Our backbone is agriculture, not manufacture. The economic recovery should be faster,” he said.
For information, based on the Central Bureau of Statistic, gross domestic product in agriculture in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 2,59 percent (y o y). while the exports escalated in January-December 2020 about Rp 451,8 billion, increased 15,79% compared to the same period in 2019 which reached Rp 390,2 billion.
Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo told that West Sumatera, particularly Solok has extraordinary potential.
“Along the road when we got here, there are beautiful sightseeing. The sun shines brightly, the land is good. These are main capitals. The ethos of Minang people and Bugis is not different at all. We are hard workers,” he said. That is why the potential of the nature is the gift from the Almighty that we should optimize.
“Do not waste your time. Plant every centimeter. If you could, plant paddy three times in a year. Do not let the time go for a waste,” he said. (A2)