Erick Thohir: Indonesia Must Achieve Food Security and Reduce Import Reliance

November 19, 2020, 09.49 PM
To guarantee food security in Indonesia, the central government intends to establish food clusters, said Minister Erick Thohir. Kompas.com/AKHDI MARTIN PRATAMATo guarantee food security in Indonesia, the central government intends to establish food clusters, said Minister Erick Thohir.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – To guarantee food security in Indonesia, the central government intends to establish food clusters, said Minister Erick Thohir.

Forming a food cluster in Indonesia would meet the demand of the domestic market, substitute imports, and boost exports, according to Indonesia’s Minister of State-Owned Enterprises.

He vowed that a food cluster does not mean the country has an anti-import stance, rather it is about a measure of control conducted by state-owned enterprises.

“We are not against imports, but we prefer reducing our reliance on it when possible. The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that a sustainable country is once that has a large market and an abundance of natural resources,” Erick Thohir said during the 5th Jakarta Food Security Summit on Indonesia’s Export Strategy During and Post-Pandemic.

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There are hindrances with regards to establishing a national food industry, particularly in logistics and technology.

For that reason, Erick explained that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has emphasized the importance of pushing for investments even amid the pandemic.

Establishing a food cluster in Indonesia also seeks to improve the livelihoods of farmers, breeders, and fishermen.

The country has slashed the number of food clusters to 12 from a previous 27 especially for value chain clusters, according to Erick Thohir.

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