InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The plantation commodities nationally, such as, coffee, cocoa, tea have become the lifestyle for the people without knowing the age or gender. To support the quality of the commodities to be able to fulfill the markets’ conditions, the government fully supports to develop research from the upstream to downstream sectors so that they could compete in the global markets.
Coordinator Minister in Economy, Darmin Nasution said that he himself once did research in the plantations in 1980s. But he stopped it at all. The commodities have chances, not to provide employement, but also entrepreneur that could develop the sectors for a very long time.
He also emphasized that plantations without research and development would not develop optimally. Not only that, he also talked about some plantation products in the people – base which could be lack of research to produce the better products. On the other hand, the research and development take place in the big companies’. Now the reserach in someone’s plantation should focus on the seed, processing, and the cultivation.
“Someone would get his loss if his plantation has no research just like the big companies do. The government could do nothing to fulfill the gap. That is why we keep supporting to do research for the plantation commodity,” he said when giving speech in Cho-choc Tea Night and Fun which was the series of Seminar Pupuk dan Mekanisasi in the Plantation that PT Riset Perkebunan Nusantara (RPN) did, Wednesday (4/4/2019) in Jakarta in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
In 2018, the coffee plantations laid about 1.241.514 hectares and the total production reached 722.461 tonss. This is potential and becomes a big hope knowing the coffee from Indonesia has special quality which surpasses the standard process starting from the upstream to downstream. So the government and the private sectors should enforce the two sectors.
The other commodities, such as, tea – had its production up to 141.342 tonss from 113.215 hectares in 2018. Tea is very potential to be dveloped, not only for the health, but for the cosmetics. The other commodity is chocolate. Indonesia could produce the cocoa seed in 2018 reaching 593.832 tons from 1.678.269 hectares. This is very potential too knowing that cocoa is nationally known as the commodiy which has good taste based on its geographic.
In front of the invitations which were dominated by the stakeholders and the privates, Darmin emphasized that plantation commodities need special attention, namely in the processing. “We know that Indonesia has specialty in coffee for it is various. If it is well developed, we would have our own characteristic. The plantation commodity needs to have higher standard process to compete,” he said. (T2)