Agricom.id, JAKARTA - Ministry of Agriculture keeps maintaining the stable price of foods in the fasting days (Ramadan) and Idul Fitri 2021 so that the people could fast well without worrying about expensive price.
Head of Badan Ketahanan Pangan (BKP) Ministry of Agriculture, Agung Hendriadi told that the government has secured the products from a couple of month by monitoring the deficit in every region using Sistem Monitoring Stok (Simontok).
"The map in Simontok could monitor the price and daily needs in the remote areas. It means, we could intervene from the surplus to the deficit regions. It could guarantee the stock and supply,” he said in a discussion of food procurement heading to Ramadan and Idul Fitri, Monday (12/4/2021), as in the official statement to Agricom.id.
He also mentioned that the intervention system could be regularly monitored, such as, once a week. Then Ministry of Agriculture through BKP keeps gathering information from plantation, trade agencies whole over Indonesia.
“The challenge is that it needs to do intervention. The surplus should supply the deficit regions. We would open online markets, such as Pastani in cooperation with kinds of startup. Then we would control everything so that there would be no increasing price,” he said.
On the other hand, he continued, the government through Ministry of Agriculture has developed thousands of medium, small, and micro businesses to provide the post-harvest products so that the people in general are used to eat their products and there would be no waste.
“The product consumption is about 30 percent while the rests are the fresh products. I think, this is the reverse in the developed continents, such as, in Europe and America. That is why we are developing such business to process the product and there would be no waste,” he said.
Chairman of Gabungan Pengusaha Makanan dan Minuman (GAPMMI), Adhi S Lukman agreed with online concept and business development conducted Ministry of Agriculture. He thought that it is the right things to reduce imports by consuming food and there is no waste.
“The farmers should learn the process of post-harvest so that our food could last longer. On the other hand, the consumers need to know that the better consumption is by not throwing away the food. For example, non-fresh chili could be processed to be dry sauce,” he said.
He did appreciate the policy published by BKP to market online because it significantly increases.
“Willing or not, online market is the new trend. I do believe that in the future, there would be better infrastructures, progress in online markets,” he said. (A2)