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The Minister of Cooperatives Supports Local Food Diversification Movement

JAKARTA, CILACAP.INFO – Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (Minister of KUKM), Teten Masduki supports the local food diversification movement initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan). According to Teten, the movement has considerable economic power because it involves all levels of society.

“Therefore, I am preparing a program to strengthen the 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 the downstream side. While the equipment from the upstream side will be prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture. For example, he said, KUKM has prepared thousands of food stalls in Jabodetabek which are ready to market agricultural products.

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

Teten said, in broad outline the two Ministries will work together to run all the visions of President Joko Widodo. The cooperation includes the corporatization of farmers who have an integrated workflow from smallholders to large scale cooperatives.

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

The Minister of Agriculture (Mentan) Syahrul Yasin Limpo welcomed the collaboration between the two Ministries. He said, the agricultural sector is a definite choice because it is a daily necessity. On the other hand, agriculture is also the great power of an agrarian country.

“This is what we are responding to between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Cooperatives. More specifically, we will certainly prepare activities upstream in increasing agricultural productivity, especially in the horticulture subsector, food crops plantations and livestock,” he said.

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Minister of Agriculture hopes, with this cooperation the price of basic food stays in a stable condition and is able to break the chains that are too large.

“So of course the market reach of this commodity can be better can be more effective. Of course we hope to be able to break the chain that is too large so that the price and price stability of agricultural commodities can we guarantee better,” he concluded. (*)