Availability of Fertilizers Help Improve National Food Production

By : Hariyanto And Aldi Firhand. A | Wednesday, August 30 2017 - 20:55 IWST

Pupuk Indonesia
Pupuk Indonesia

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The achievement of increased production and productivity of national strategic food commodities such as rice and maize, by the government currently occurs due to the availability of availability and fertilizer policies implemented until now.

Director General of Agricultural Infrastructure and Facilities at the Ministry of Agriculture, Pending Dadih Permana, said that in the last two years, rice and corn production have been achieved with growth rates of above 5% and 18%, respectively.

"The fertilizer industry must grow. It is inevitable that the acceleration of agricultural production should be supported by a good fertilizer industry, "said Dadih in a seminar entitled 'Performance of Food Sovereignty and National Fertilization' at Santika Premiere Hotel, Jakarta, Wednesday (30/8/2017).

"Fertilizer is one of the production inputs that must be fought," said Dadih. Besides fertilizers, the availability of superior seeds and agricultural machine tools is also a factor. Senior Researcher of the Center for Socioeconomic and Agricultural Policy, Achmad Suryana, said that the current use of Urea, SP36 and KCl fertilizer has been efficient in most provinces in Indonesia.

"Besides, it is also less responsive to the price increase, meaning that the price is no longer the main determinant for farmers in buying and using fertilizer," said Suryana.

He said the availability and use of fertilizers in a balanced manner with '6 Tepat' by farmers has managed to push the achievement of production and productivity of national strategic food commodities which in recent years is a separate record.

Head of Soil Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Husnain, said balanced fertilization can contribute more than 20% to increased production. This data is supported by previous studies.

"The effectiveness of the application of balanced fertilizer can be achieved when considering the determinants such as soil nutrient status and fertilization techniques," he said.

Marketing Director of PT Pupuk Indonesia, Koeshartono, said that the company supports food security program through guarantee of ready-made fertilizer supply and spread all over Indonesia territory as well as distributing fertilizer to all corners of the country, and to overcome the remote areas that are difficult to reach.

"Indonesian fertilizers add buffer warehouses and provide transportation facilities to remote kiosks and to convert fertilizer needs to be handled in remote areas so that the distribution of subsidized fertilizers can meet the exact 6 rules of time, type, location, quantity, quality and price" he said.

News Comment

Today's Industry

President Jokowi on Monday (14/06/2021) inspects mass COVID-19 vaccination at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi, West Java. Photo by: BPMI of Presidential Secretariat

Selasa, 15 Juni 2021 - 22:15 WIB

President Jokowi Inspects Mass COVID-19 Vaccination in Bekasi

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday (14/06/2021) inspected mass COVID-19 vaccination at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi, West Java.

President Jokowi inspects mass COVID-19 vaccination at Pluit Dam, Jakarta. (14/06/2021). (Photo by: Press Media and Communication Bureau of Presidential Secretariat/Laily)

Selasa, 15 Juni 2021 - 20:31 WIB

President Jokowi Says Jakarta Must Provide 100,000 Doses of Vaccine Per Day

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Monday (14/06) inspected mass COVID-19 vaccination at Pluit dam in North Jakarta.

Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs Teten Masduki with Bandung Culinary Community at Orbital Dago, Bandung city, West Java province. (11/06/2021). (Photo by: PR of Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs)

Selasa, 15 Juni 2021 - 19:00 WIB

Minister Urges SME Players to Build Joint Brand to Boost Competitiveness

It is important for businesses to achieve economies of scale to boost competitiveness, according to Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Teten Masduki. The Minister…

Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah delivered a statement in the Presidential Office, Monday, (10/8). Photo by: BPMI

Selasa, 15 Juni 2021 - 17:50 WIB

Gov’t Committed to Eliminating Child Labor: Minister

Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah has reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to eliminatie child labor. The Minister delivered the statement in her keynote speech at “End Child Labor: Virtual…

Minister of Religious Affairs Yaqut Cholil Qoumas (Photo: PR of Cabinet Secretariat)

Selasa, 15 Juni 2021 - 16:30 WIB

Gov’t to Focus on 2022 Hajj Following This Year’s Cancellation

The Government has announced it will focus on the preparation of the 2022 hajj pilgrimage (annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca) following the decision to cancel this year’s hajj pilgrimage due…