ESTATE CROPS NEWS – The Independent Agricultural Export Activities released by President Joko Widodo have given new optimism to farmers and agricultural business actors. At least, more than 7 trillion rupiah of export value for 7 days is released from 17 major airports and ports, on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo said Merdeka Exports was an exposure of the Ministry of Agriculture’s performance for 2 years, especially during the pandemic as well as commemorating Indonesia’s 76th independence day.
According to Minister of Agriculture SYL, the 76th Independence Day is a day of pride for a great nation, namely Indonesia, which is the 4th largest country in the world.
“The celebration of independence is a celebration of the pride of the nation’s children. Incidentally, today we are carrying out the mandate as governors, regents and this is our calling in the midst of a global, national atmosphere that is facing an extraordinary turbulence, namely Covid-19,” said the Minister of Agriculture.
The Minister of Agriculture said that Covid-19 was a difficult challenge faced by almost all countries.
“It’s not only big countries that are struggling against Covid, but small and medium-sized countries are also facing it together. And we don’t have an effective medicine to deal with this Covid yet,” said the Minister of Agriculture.
In this Merdeka Exports event, the Minister of Agriculture emphasized that Merdeka Exports is not like exports that are usually carried out as routines are carried out.
“The exports that we do are exports that will touch the dignity of the nation’s children. Questioning the psychology of our nationalism, as well as being part of presenting the optimism of the great Indonesian nation in facing world turbulence, “he said.
Based on BPS data, the value of agricultural exports in 2020 reached Rp. 451.8 trillion or an increase of 15.54% compared to the same period in 2019 which only reached Rp. 390.16 trillion. The structure of each export product is 89% processed products and 11% fresh products.
Meanwhile, until the first semester, namely January – June 2021, the export value reached Rp. 277.95 trillion or an increase of 40.29% compared to the same period in 2020 which only reached Rp. 198.13 trillion. With the structure of each export product is 91.75% processed and 8.29% is fresh product.
Merdeka Export itself has been launched directly by President Joko Widodo from the Bogor Palace simultaneously from 17 export gates, namely, Tanjung Priok Seaport, Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tanjung Perak Seaport, Tanjung Mas Seaport, Belawan Seaport, Makassar New Port. , Balikpapan Jetty Seaport, Dumai Seaport, Panjang Seaport, New Boom River Port, Hang Nadim Airport, Trikora Seaport, Talang Duku Seaport, Dwikora Seaport, and Bitung Seaport.
“Agriculture is a strength and a pillar of the presence of state power, agriculture is the main support, let’s present optimism in this Independence of Exports,” he concluded.