Anticipating the Food Crisis, Jokowi Asks Local Governments to Secure Agricultural Commodities
Jakarta - President Joko Widodo or Jokowi asked local governments to immediately secure food availability in their regions. This is to anticipate the potential for a food crisis as projected by the world food institute or FAO.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the FAO has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to a food crisis. I ask regents, governors and mayors to pay attention to food availability in their respective regions," he said via a video conference.
Jokowi said that the availability of data on food commodities is very important to formulate policies to be taken by the central government. As made by the government through the Strategic Food Price Information Center (PIHPS).
"Accurate production data and consumption data are very important. Because based on these data we will find out more quickly which provinces are deficient, which provinces have excess," he said.
As a result, continued Jokowi, the trade policies adopted by the central government would be more targeted. Following the availability of data on various commodities which are updated in each region.
"Based on this, inter-regional trade can be encouraged. Also the existence of cooperation between regions can be strengthened," he added.
"So, in the regions I hope to develop the type of data (PIHPS) and other information or something similar," he concluded.
The Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, said that the position of food in Indonesia currently still very much depends on the availability of rice. According to him, if the government continues to depend on rice in the future there will be food shortages.
"In 2050, food shortages could occur if other foods are not developed as national food supplies," he said at the launch of the 2020 National Sago Week, in Jakarta, Tuesday (20/10).
For this reason, he encourages increased diversification of local food through the spread of innovative food products that are healthy and nutritious. So it is hoped that it can provide options to the public for consumption of various other nutritious food sources besides rice.
"For example sago. We encourage local wisdom," said Agus.
Agus million realized, the Covid-19 pandemic was a big challenge for the government to continue to strive to ensure a healthy and quality food supply for the community. Even in commemoration of World Food Day on October 16, FAO said the Covid pandemic had made the global food and agriculture system very fragile.
"This reinforces what was warned in April 2020, that countries in the world need to be aware of the food crisis due to the pandemic," he said.
In response, the government is trying to increase domestic food production so that the supply chain is not disrupted. The government also continues to encourage product diversification and consumption in order to maintain national food security.
Reporter: Dwi Aditya Putra