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Jokowi praised the performance of the Minister of Agriculture

President Republic Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) praised the workings of the Ministry of Agriculture (Minister of Agriculture) Andi Amran Sulaiman, especially in terms of controlling the prices of food commodities when the moment of Ramadan and Eid. This was said by the President in the presence of the chief editor of the mass media when breaking the fasting together at the State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (08/07/2015).


Praise for the Minister of Agriculture is in terms of handling the increase in prices of onion at the beginning of July. Minister of Agriculture directly down to the field to communicate with the onion farmers and buy up the crop farmers to be marketed to areas that are considered prone to volatile price of its food.


"Minister of Agriculture never in the office, if the meeting saying goodbye. It should really like it, must be understood in the field. Not just about any signature signed in the office. The target given to the provincial Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman also clear," said Jokowi.


In addition, Jokowi also hope that what has been imported, must be produced by Indonesia itself. For example, this time Indonesia imported rice, expected in the future be able to produce its own rice. "From October to July we can hold not to import. Even in January there is turbulence. But we dare," said Jokowi.


Furthermore, the cessation of imports is also expected to commodities sugar, soybeans and corn. He estimated that, when food imports stopped then Indonesia can save about Rp 300 trillion to Rp 320 trillion. "However, this can not be done directly, it takes about 2-3 years," he said. (Kompas)