Press Release
No. 242/ SP/HM/BKKP/XI/2019

Jakarta – Minister for Research and Technology/Chairman of National Agency for Research and Innovation Bambang Brodjonegoro encouraged the research, technology, and innovation to increase the agricultural productivities in Indonesia. The mastery of research, technology, and innovation in agriculture area will be the key to the Indonesian success in dominating the agriculture production, especially in food, and to increase the national food security.

The matter was stated by Minister Bambang as a Keynote Speaker in the National Coordination Meeting of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the topic of The Productivity and Competitiveness of Agriculture and Food Industry in Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta on Tuesday (5/11).

“We highly encourage the Triple Helix partnership between researchers, either from universities (Academicians), Business, or Government, to develop agricultural productivities, from upstream to the industries managing the downstream,” said Minister Bambang.

Beside the research, technology, and innovation programs from government and universities research institutions, Minister Bambang encouraged the private sectors to be actively involved in the mastery of research, technology, and innovation in agricultural sector. Research, development, assessment, and implementation have to be conducted from the upstreams up until the industries that process agricultural products, so Indonesian agriculture will be improved in quality and will be able to compete in global scale.

“There have been many companies in Indonesia which have good R&D and strengthen national competitiveness, so the innovations and researches developed could directly be carried on according with the market needs,” said Bambang.

In the event, Minister Bambang also encouraged Indonesian people and farmers to change their mindsets about the profession of farmers. He explained that farmers are businessmen in agriculture. The mindset changing would be important to do to reduce the dichotomy between businessmen and farmers. This dichotomy has been setting the image that farmers cannot do the business, whereas the opportunities for farmers to become agricultural businessmen are big nowadays, because there are opportunities everywhere.

“The solution is we have to lift the farmers up to do the business processes. Farmers should change their mindsets to not only producing the crops and working in the fields but also becoming the agricultural businessmen,” he said.

Minister Bambang also hoped the partnership between Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, both central and regional, and the farmers could be increased. This partnership would stimulate the regional farmers to try, so that the benefits could be shared.

“I also found that farmers wealth could be rapidly increased if there is partnership between small scale farmers and bigger scale agricultural businessmen. With the partnership based on mutual benefits, the farmers wealth would be increased, because beside the price will be increased, the consumers will not be affected by the high margin so the inflation could be controlled,” he said.

On the same occasion, Vice Chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Agribusiness, Food, and Forestry Division Franky O. Widjaja stated that by the year of 2045 the world population is estimated to reach 9 billion people. Meanwhile, Indonesian population will reach 350 million people. That would mean the significant increase in food production would be needed to fulfill the national food needs.

The increase in food production would require superior and high-yield food crop seeds. However, the current seedling condition of Indonesian food commodities has not been coordinated properly, even though there ade many researches and developments of food plant seeds in various R&D institutions and universities in Indonesia.

“There are various seeds distributed daily, but many has not yet standardized, and sometimes the superior seeds are lost from the market. Certified seeds are still limited so the price is quite high, and there are still many seeds imported from overseas to fulfill the lack of supplies, whereas currently many imported seeds have not met farmers demands,” he said.

According to Franky O. Widjaja, government needs to issue a policy governing the seedling of food commodities nationally, so it would be coordinated properly, starting from the procurement, distribution, storage, up until the cultivation techniques. Government also needs to develop the seedling industries by giving special incentives.

Also attending the event are the Vice Minister for Finance Suahasil Nazara, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture Coordination from Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Musdalifah Mahmud, Deputy for Climatology Division from Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency Herizal, Head of the Standing Committee for Food Security from Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Franky Welirang, Vice Chairman for Processed Food and Livestock Industry Division from Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Juan Permata Adoe, Head of the Standing Committee for Forestry from Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arif Rachmat, Expert Staff for Market Security (Ministry of Home Affairs) Sutrisno Edi, Expert Staff for Industry Deepening, Strengthening and Dissemination Division (Ministry of Industry) Dodi Widodo, Director for Other Natural Resources Agribusiness Planning (Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board) Zainal Mustaqim, Senior Advisor Chief Executive for Banking Supervisor (Financial Services Authority) Boedi Armanto, along with the attendees from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from all over Indonesia and other respected guests.

Partnership and Public Communication Bureau
Ministry of Research and Technology/National Agency for Research and Innovation