Farmers during the rice harvest. Photo: Ministry of Public Relations
jpnn.com, JAKARTA – Rice harvest has begun to be seen in several regions in Indonesia. According to BPS Area Sampling Framework (KSA) data, the predicted harvest area for April and May is wider than in March.
In April the harvested area was 1.73 million hectares equivalent to 5.27 million tons of rice and May production was 3.8 million tons of rice. There will be a surplus of 2.8 million tons of rice for production this April. The estimated April 2020 rice stock is 6.7 million tons and will reach 8 million tons of rice in May.
Sutarto Alimoeso, Chair of the Association of Rice and Rice Milling Entrepreneurs (Perpadi), did not deny that the condition of rice in Indonesia was believed to be sufficient and surplus in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.
“Indeed, last March its production was not at its peak as it was in previous years. Yes, because these farmers are shifting their planting season, many are planting in January, “he said during a telephone interview on Friday (3/4).
Soetarto also appreciated the anticipatory steps the Government faced at the peak of the harvest season. There has been a movement to keep prices safe through the Kostraling Command.
“Incidentally Perpadi took part in this program. So the Ministry of Agriculture is cooperating with small mills to help absorb rice farmers, from where the capital is, is also coupled with financial institutions such as KUR from banks to finance these small mills, “he said.
Soetarto acknowledged that the Government was one step ahead of thinking about how to move forward so prices would not fluctuate. In addition, it also revives small-scale milling to make it more powerful. Many people have enjoyed this program, so they can develop their businesses, which were originally only mills, can increase capital to buy other postharvest equipment, of course, so that the added value of rice is higher.
He also asked the public not to worry about domestic food supplies because this month the peak harvest is already the count. The condition of the 19th plague would certainly not prevent farmers from continuing to produce. Only what needs to be taken care of together is that there should be no obstacles in rice production in rice mills and distribution between regions.