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The Minister of Cooperatives Supports Local Food Diversification Movement

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JAKARTA, CILACAP.INFO – Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (Minister of KUKM), Teten Masduki supports local food diversification movement initiated by Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan).

According to Teten, movement has considerable economic power because it involves all levels of society.

“Therefore, I am preparing a program to strengthen food stalls that will become a trade chain for our food distribution with traditional food stalls,” Teten said after meeting Minister of Agriculture (Mentan) Syahrul Yasin Limpo in his office on Friday, July 24, 2020.

Technically, Teten said that his party would prepare everything from downstream side. While equipment from upstream side will be prepared by Ministry of Agriculture.

For example, he said, KUKM has prepared thousands of food stalls in Jabodetabek which are ready to market agricultural products.

“So we have prepared thousands of stalls in Jabotabek that are connected through application. I have seen practice including inventory management. It means that once there is a need for groceries, goods will automatically be input to digital data,” he said.

Teten said, in broad outline two Ministries will work together to run all visions of President Joko Widodo.

The cooperation includes corporatization of farmers who have an integrated workflow from smallholders to large scale cooperatives.

“We will consolidate individual farmers who work on narrow land, then operate in form of large-scale cooperatives. We need help of Ministry of Agriculture because he has many farmer groups,” he said.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mentan) Syahrul Yasin Limpo welcomed collaboration between two Ministries.

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