Friday, 27 November 2020 | 16:03 WIB

Agriculture Ministry Pushes Mandatory Garlic Planting for Food Industry

Illustration: Garlic

JAKARTA, NNC -- President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo continued to encourage national industries to always be export-oriented and able to compete in the international arena. Provision of industrial raw materials is encouraged to prioritize local production in order to synergize with improving the welfare of farmers.

The Ministry of Agriculture continues to strive to increase domestic garlic production. The government in fact targets that in 2021 Indonesia can already achieve garlic self-sufficiency.

"General importers as well as food industry players who have been importing garlic, we embrace together to make this program a success," said Director of Vegetables and Medicinal Plants, Directorate General of Horticulture Prihasto Setyanto when inspecting Wings Food Group's garlic supply warehouse in Gresik, East Java, Wednesday (8/8/2018).

"In accordance with the provisions of Ministry of Agriculture, Regulation 38/2017 and Regulation 24/2018, both general and industrial importers are required to plant and produce garlic in the country at least five percent of the RIPH [Horticultural Product Import Recommendation] submission volume", added Prihasto. "How, importers may partner with farmer groups registered in the district agriculture department to plant garlic", he explained.

According to Anton, Prihasto's nickname, it is trying to ensure that importers and industries that import garlic comply with the mandatory planting regulations and are obliged to produce. "Wings Food Group imports a large amount of garlic. We need to monitor and guide this so as to the provisions", said Anton.

Wings Group Managing Director Stevanus said that the need for supporting raw materials for the instant noodle and processed food industries in Gresik is quite large. "Our factory in Gresik processes 430 tons of instant noodles every day. The products have been exported to 100 countries including California, the United States," said Stevanus

"We need 30 tons of garlic per day, one ton of local shallots per day and about 10 tons of red chili per day. Especially for garlic, we still need to import," said Stevanus. He said he did not question the government regulation which requires planting of garlic before import. "In fact, we are able to implement the mandatory planting rules in collaboration with farmer groups in the Bojong area, Tegal, Central Java," said Stevanus.

"For the continuity of the instant noodle food, we import approximately 6,000 tons of garlic with a mandatory 67-hectare planting for 2017 RIPH, all of which we have paid off. The production also reaches an average of eight tons per hectare," Stevanus said.

"Meanwhile, for the 2018 RIPH obligation, we have planted 48 hectares and we will finish 19 hectares in September," he added. "We are committed to following government regulations. We do not want to gamble by violating government regulations because this concerns the fate of 40 thousand employees who depend on jobs at Wings Food Indonesia," he said.