President Jokowi Inaugurates the Factory V of PT. Pupuk Kaltim
On the second day of his working visit to East Kalimantan, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, inaugurated the factory V of PT. East Kalimantan Pupuk in the Field Pupuk Headquarters of PT Kaltim Bontang, Thursday (19/11). The factory which is under Indonesian Pupuk Holding Company has a capacity of 825 thousand tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of urea.
The existence of the fertilizer factory, according to President Jokowi, has a very important role in achieving food self-sufficiency and independence. “This confidence should be supported by a sufficient supply of fertilizer,” he said.
Other than, in the same place also inaugurated revamping project of Phosphoric Acid II of PT Petrokimia Gresik. The factory located in Gresik, East Java, it can produce 200 thousand tons of phosphoric acid and 600 thousand tons of sulfuric acid.
The President delivered; with the establishment of a phosphoric acid plant is expected to ensure the supply of NPK raw materials for agricultural needs in Indonesia.
“It was presented by Managing Director of PT Pupuk Kaltim, could save the cost of NPK raw materials up to 20 million dollars per year,” said President Jokowi.
The Needs Continues Increase
In his speech, the President also said that the need of urea and phosphate fertilizers, which last year reached 6.7 million tons to 400 tons for urea and phosphate, would continue to increase in line with the expansion and extension of the food land.
“In addition we are could meet our own food needs, I believe in 3-4 years we will could to export food items to the outside,” added the President.
Accompanying President Jokowi during the inauguration, the Minister of SOEs Rini Soemarno, Minister of Planning/Head of Bappenas Sofyan Djalil, Minister of Industry Saleh Husin, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Chief Staff of the Presidential Teten Masduki, Deputy Governor of East Kalimantan Mukmin Faisyal, Mayor of Bontang Adi Darma , President Director of PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) Tasrif Arifin, Director of PT Kaltim Pupuk Aas Asikin Idat, and Director of PT PKG Hidayat Nyakman. (DNS/ES)