The Ministry of Agriculture is currently encouraging investment inflow and strives to continue increasing exports. One of the mainstays of exports is plantation commodities, even being the largest contributor to foreign exchange in the non-oil and gas sector, one of which is through enhancing research and development programs for advanced plantation technology by producing superior varieties of production and high productivity.
Meanwhile, the amount of foreign exchange contribution is based on data from BPS, which shows that plantations contribute 97.4% to the export volume of the agricultural sector and contribute 96.9% to the export value of the agricultural sector. Not surprisingly, the plantation sub-sector is the largest contributor to the country’s foreign exchange from the agricultural sector, said the Head of the Indonesian Center For Estate Crops Research and Development (ICECRD), Ir. Syafaruddin, Ph.D., at the time of receiving the visit of the Special Staff of the Governor of South Sumatra for Agriculture and the Head of the South Sumatra Agricultural Technology Research Center (BPTP) (24/11/2020).
Syafaruddin emphasized that BPS data also recorded that the contribution of the plantation sector to the national economy in 2018 increased by 22.48% compared to the contribution in 2014. Meanwhile, the GDP of plantations for 2014–2018 was IDR 2,192.9 trillion. Preliminary figures, the agricultural sector GDP in the first quarter of 2019 reached IDR 3.7 trillion, where plantation crops contributed IDR 106.95 billion.
Regional Autonomy (OTDA) provides wide space for local governments to spur and increase sources of income through PAD, especially from the plantation sector. “Efforts to spur the plantation sector as a reliable future sector can not be separated from the roles of various parties, both in the form of cooperation and synergy,” said Repi Alrahmad, SP. For this reason, in his visit, Repi hopes that in the efforts to revitalize and develop the plantation sector in South Sumatra, it can work together with the ICECRD through related Balai.
In line with these objectives, the Head of ICECRD opens wide space for the South Sumatra Regional Government to cooperate and synergize, especially in utilizing and developing technologies that have been produced by the ICECRD, especially for strategic commodities in South Sumatra. Until now, the ICECRD is still collaborating on research and releasing varieties with several Regency Governments in South Sumatra, said Syafaruddin.
Dr. Atekan, SP, M.Sc., the head of BPTP South Sumatra emphasized that on the occasion the visit was intended to explore opportunities for cooperation in the development of plantation crops in South Sumatra, especially plants that are suitable to be developed in swamp agro-ecosystems and have high economic value for the community. . BPTP Sumsel currently has good coordination and cooperation with the Regional Government of South Sumatra, especially in an effort to study and disseminate agricultural technology, especially plantation commodities, but support and collaboration with the Center for Research and Development of Plantation in the future is needed, said Atekan.
During the visit and discussion, the Head of the Cooperation and Research Result Utilization Division, Dr. Tedy Dirhamsyah and Head of Sub Division of Cooperation, Dr. Saefudin. Syafaruddin, gave directions so that the cooperation plan to be immediately followed up in order to respond to what is expected by the Provincial Government of South Sumatra. (Sae / Web Team)