Governments are required to anticipate the rise in food prices after the rupiah exchange rate had exceeded IDR 14.000 per US dollar on Monday (24/08). As a country that rely on food imports such as rice and sugar, the drop in the exchange rate will impact on rising prices of basic commodities.
Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman, expressed his concern about the presumption that imports into the solution for basic commodities, which experienced price increases. For him, imports could harm the state.
"Import benefit the country of others, but disadvantaged our countries. Before import we have to evaluate whether our farmers are not able to feed themselves here," said Amran on a working visit in Berau, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday (08/12/2015).
According to him, imports should be avoided. He often claimed to be resistant his ears about the story and import policy expectations. The incident occurred when rice and other foodstuffs are experiencing price increases.
"The policy was made by considering the adequacy of food in the community. As in last February rice up 30 percent, and many are advised to import (rice). At that time, I was traveling from Aceh until Merauke to see the sufficiency of rice, and it is safe. So, there is no import if farmers can comply, "said Amran.
"It was an anomaly. Rice riding in the city, but farmers do not enjoy this price increase," said Amran.
But, thankfully, said Minister of Agriculture, it can be solved. Until after the Eid, rice farmers can meet the needs of the community so that the government does not need to import.
"I believe, Indonesian farmers can meet the domestic production," he said.
Currently, the same thing is also being called upon society. The increase in the price of beef mobilize a lot of people who expect to be the import policy.
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Sofyan Djalil, said the government will assess whether there will be or not to import rice for the period December 2015 to early 2016.
Thailand threatened to lose the predicate as the largest rice producer in the world because of the failure of government policies and the number of farmers who face a high debt load.
Reporting from Nikkei, Saturday (07/25/2015), the Thai Rice Exporters Association expects rice exports will fall 13 percent over last year, reaching 9.5 million tons this year. This revised down from the previous forecast, this figure under the Indian rice exports are predicted to reach 11 million tons.
Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, Andi Amran Sulaiman in a speech to open the event halal bi halal Ministry of Agriculture, he clarified the news based on BPS data specifying the import of rice increased by 130 percent.
"I am concerned that there are reports that rice imports increased by 130 percent, the special rice for diabetics in hospitals," said Amran Sulaiman at the halal bi halal in the auditorium of the Ministry of Agriculture, Jakarta, Thursday (07/23/2015),
According to the Ministry of Agriculture increased amount of the special rice imports amounted to 49 thousand tons, only two days of procurement by Bulog.
"49 thousand tons, only two days of procurement by Bulog, for what we import if not Special Rice," he said.
Amran Sulaiman also said that there was the issue make itself got a call from the Corruption Eradication Commission to ask the truth of the news.
On Eid gathering event which was attended by several employees of the Ministry of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman also expressed thanks for the efforts of all employees during the nine-month during his leadership that has been going on. (Tribunnews.com)