Govt to Purchase Rubber from Farmers
President Joko Jokowi Widodo has instructed Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono to buy rubber from the peoples plantation as the price of the rubber drops significantly in global market.
“I have instructed Minister of Public Works and Public Housing to start buying rubber from cooperatives or farmers from the beginning of December,” President Jokowi said in his remarks during the distribution of social forestry decree in Palembang, South Sumatra, Sunday (25/11).
The President added that the rubber purchased by the Government from the farmers would be used as a mixture for paving roads and the purchasing price will be approximately Rp7,500-Rp.8,000 or even higher.
He went on to say that Indonesia could not control the rubber price since it depends on international trade.
On that occasion, President Jokowi also delivered 60 decrees of social forestry to 60 forestry groups from 10 regencies in South Sumatra Province with a total area of ??56,000 hectares.
“The Government has handed over 2.1 million hectares to the communities across Indonesia, not to big (corporations),” President Jokowi said, adding that the Government has distributed 2.1 million hectares of social forestry land out of the 12.7 million hectares targeted.
“Please carefully keep (the decree). It provides legal basis for the farmers as it stipulates 35-year concession,” President Jokowi said.
The President also reminded the holders of the decree to cultivate the land by planting coffee or other productive plants.
Also present during the event were First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of the Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno, Chief of the Indonesian National Police Tito Karnavian, and Governor of South Sumatra Herman Deru. (RSF/AGG/ES)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Edited by: Ersan Pamungkas