Agricom.id, BANTEN – Academics of Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (Untirta), DR. Asih Mulyaningsih did appreciate series of positive number curve of farmers’ exchange rate (FER) and farmers’ business exchange rate (FBER) of agriculture which increased for the last months. He thought, the numbers showed that the farmers’ welfare got better slowly but surely.
For information, seeing from the numbers, FER in October 2020 was 102,25, it was 102,86 in November 2020, 103,25 in December 2020, January 103,26, February 103,10, March 103,29, April 102,93 and May 2021 was 103,29 or increased 0,44 percent.
BER did consistently increase since October 2020 reaching 1002,42. November reaching 103,28, December 104,00, January 104,01, February 103,72, March 103,87, April 103,55 and May reaching 104,04 or increased 0,48 percent.
"I am happy because the farmers’ capability of buying in May 2021 escalate than it in the previous month. I do appreciate because based on the FER and FBER, their welfare gets better,” Asih said, Friday (4 /6/2021), as in the official statement to Agricom.id.
She also mentioned, agriculture in the pandemic like now is the toughest of all sector from the crisis and turmoil threats.
“This is the admission that agriculture is the toughest sectors of other economic sectors,” she said.
Academics of Universitas Gajah Mada (UGM), Subejo did welcome the increasing FER and FBER in May 2021 about 0,44 percent and 0,48 percent.
He said, these are the good news for the farmers’ welfare and new optimism in agriculture led by Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL). The increasing FER and FBER consistently happens since October 2020.
"The increasing FER and FBER should remain good and be supported by the relevant policies and programs to increase more. I do believe, the agriculture could increase the farmers’ welfare as the front guard to develop the agriculture and food production would be better,” he said,
In the previous, Deputy of Distribution and Service Statistic Central Bureau of Statistic (CBS), Setianto said, the increasing FER happened for the index that the farmers got nationally reached 0,66 percent or higher than the index that the farmers paid reaching 0,21 percent.
The dominant commodities which influenced the increasing index were palm oil, cow meat, corn, hen meat, potato, grain, clove. (A2)