Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Pushes Organic Red Rice Banyuwangi
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, April 06 2018 - 22:30 IWST
Menteri BUMN Rini Soemarno (Foto Dok Industry.co.id)
INDUSTRY.co.id - Banyuwangi - SOE Minister Rini Soemarno during a working visit in Banyuwangi regency, Friday (6/4/2018) to buy organic peanut rice production area nicknamed "The Sunrise of Java" is.
Arriving at Banyuwangi Airport, Rini visited a number of points in the easternmost district of Java Island was accompanied by Banyuwangi Regent Abdullah Azwar Anas.
Rini, among others visited Pondok Nongko Village to check the absorption of grain. In the village Rini was introduced to the organic rice products typical of Banyuwangi, namely organic red rice, organic black, and germanasi rice.
"This is a farmer group production from Kecamatan Singojuruh, Banyuwangi, Bu.It has been 100 hectares, and has been exported to Europe and USA, and fill the market in big cities.The price is better than ordinary rice, so farmers can be more prosperous," Anas said.
Anas explained, there are three varieties of Banyuwangi organic rice plants that have been registered as the original rice Banyuwangi in the Ministry of Agriculture. A number of farmer groups have been certified producers of organic rice free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers based on SNI guidelines.
"Pemkab Banyuwangi also opens the experiment of developing organic rice using APBD funds," said Anas.
After hearing Anas explanation, Minister Rini bought up the organic red and black rice produced by the Banyuwangi farmer group. Another one that is purchased is rice germinasi, the rice that has been through the process of various enzyme activity in brown rice brown, so that all the nutrient content is optimized.
"I bought it here, sir, there is black rice, I bought it all, three of these rice, yes, I like to consume organic ones," said Rini as quoted by Public Relation of Banyuwangi regency.
Previously, Rini conducted checks on commodity prices, including rice prices distributed by state-owned companies, such as PT Pertani, at Rogojampi Market. "The price of Pertani rice here how much?" Rini asked Intan, the shopkeeper.
Intan explained that the price of Pertani rice is Rp9,250 per kilogram. In the store, Rini also buy bread and banana chips typical of Banyuwangi.
Rini then visited several traders along the market. When passing traders traditional snack, Rini stopped because he saw there lupis, a snack made of sticky rice with a sprinkling of grated coconut and brown sugar sauce.
"Mam, I want lupis this is my favorite snack since childhood, I bought it, ma'am," said Rini while trying two pieces of lupis.
Not only that, Rini bought sweet corn, tofu, and cayenne pepper. "I take this to Jakarta, I want to cook," said Rini.
Rini explained that the aim to go to the market is to check the price of rice sold by state-owned Pertani which is instructed to sell rice below the highest retail price of Rp9,450 per kilogram.
"We check it directly, thank God the result as instructed, we ask the public to keep watch, do not let the ministers go, the price goes up," said Rini.