The Ministry of Agriculture Targets Soy Self-sufficiency
The Ministry of Agriculture is optimistic that with government intervention including seed assistance and farmers’ production facilities, Indonesia will be able to self-support soybeans.
“We are optimistic that the target of soy self-sufficiency can be realized through the support of assistance to farmers,” said Director of Business Development and Investment, Directorate General of Agricultural Product Processing and Marketing, Jamil Musanif, in Lebak, quoted from kontan.co.id Friday
Soybean production increases from year to year through government intervention to farmer groups with the help of seeds.
Currently, soybeans for domestic needs are still supplied from the United States. Therefore, the government encourages farmers to be able to develop soybean plants to meet the needs of the domestic market.
“We believe that soybean production can be self-sufficient because it is supported by vast land,” he said.
He said, currently the government is targeting soybean production of 1.5 million tons per year and farmers must be able to increase their agricultural productivity.
To achieve this productivity, farmers are required to apply technology as well as the use of balanced fertilizers.
It also uses superior seed varieties so as to produce quality products.
“We ask farmers to increase production and productivity, also add land to develop soybeans,” he said.
According to him, currently, the human resources (HR) of soybean farmers have mastered the use of technology to boost food production.
However, obstacles in the field occurred due to agricultural land narrowing because there was a change in function.
Therefore, the government will accurately collect raw land areas so that the land can be saved for food crops.
“We ask the regional government to also be able to prevent the land-use change through local regulations (perda),” he said.
He said, currently the national average soybean productivity is 1.3 tons per hectare so that it is expected that 2018 can be self-sufficient in soybeans, and continue to be forgotten higher through applying the commodity cultivation technology.
Head of Production Section and Palawija of the Department of Agriculture (Distance) of Lebak Regency, Irwan Riyadi, explained that the government had assisted farmer groups in 17 sub-districts with an area of 1,500 hectares.
This assistance, in order to boost soybean production and can meet the local market.
He encouraged farmers to develop soybean cultivation in order to meet the local market because currently, the demand for soybeans for tofu and tempeh raw materials is quite high so that the opportunity can be used as a source of economic income for farmers.
“We are concerned if the farmer is not able to meet market demand, even though the land in Lebak is vast,” he said.