President Jokowi Launches Action Synergy Program in Brebes
President Joko Jokowi Widodo accompanied by First Lady Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo on Monday (11/4) morning flew from Atang Sandjaja Air Force Base, Bogor Regency, to Brebes, Central Java Province, on Indonesian Air Forces Super Puma Helicopter.
Member of the Presidential Communication Team Ari Dwipayana in a press conference said that President Jokowi is scheduled to launch Action Synergy Program for People’s Economic in his working visit to Larangan Village, Larangan Subdistrict, Brebes, Central Java Province.
The program aims to alleviate poverty and improve the standard of living of small entrepreneurs in rural areas by providing opportunities for farmers and fishermen to work or do business properly, Ari said.
According to Ari, the program is carried out under the coordination of Coordinating Ministry for the Economy with support from several ministries, among others, Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/ National Land Agency, Ministry of State-owned Enterprises, Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Villages and Underdeveloped Regions, as well as Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing.
The program that aims to provide opportunities for farmers and fishermen to work or do business properly covers the land certification program or land program for the farmers through the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/ National Land Agency, Ministry of State-owned Enterprises, and State-owned Banks.
Other programs, Ari added, is the Synergy between Smallholder Business Credit (KUR) Program and Inclusion Program or deepening of financial markets.
The program which is a form of synergy among Financial Services Authority (OJK), Bank Indonesia (BI), and Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises, as well as banking sector aims to make financial service in rural areas accessible for the entrepreneurs, Ari explained.
The program provides an ease of doing business for entrepreneurs in regions because they do not need to disburse credit in the banks located in town, but via distributor which is called smart agent, as an extension of banking in the regions.
Meanwhile, the synergy on production sectors includes facilities and infrastructure, seed, fertilizer, and educator will involve a synergy of two ministries, namely the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing.
In the marketing, Ari added, the Government will also introduce an online-based marketing system products (e-commerce) for agricultural through the development of IT infrastructure in an effort to cut production distribution chain from the farmer to the consumer.
It aims to maintain the availability of food commodities and to maintain price stability for the consumers, Ari explained.
Limakilo.id, kumis.com are the examples of e-commerce apps which provide marketplace information. The synergy in marketing involved three ministries, namely Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Ministry of Trade, and Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises.
In the distribution cycle, farmers need warehouse to keep their products, they also need market and couriers. Moreover, transportation in rural areas will become the core that drives the economy of rural communities.
Ari explained that there are several reasons to choose Brebes as the location for pilot project of poverty alleviation. First, because Brebes is Indonesias production center of shallot which is the commodity that has great contribution to the national inflation. However, the welfare of shallot farmers in Brebes is relatively low, because most of the profits is gained by the middleman.
By launching the program, the welfare of shallot farmers is expected to increase and could become a good example for other entrepreneurs in other regions, Ari said.
Accompanying the President and First Lady Ibu Iriana in the visit to Brebes were Minister of State Secretary Pratikno and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (TKP/ES) (RAS /YM/Naster)