Pengumuman & Agenda
First reason is I gain more experience about agriculture, life, culture, community with foreign friends and so on. So it can be positive affect in my future study. Second I think it also very important because in this soon future, Asian will open, so this is very good chance in my study life to learn about neighbor country as Indonesia.
Horticulture as a source of promising farmers’ income
Monthly Discussion-2 2011
Indonesia has a great potential source of horticulture commodity development. This commodity plays an important role, not only in providing and creating employment, even income, and poverty solution, but also in strengthening Indonesian food security and well being. It can also provide nutritious food, herbal medicine, and esthetics, increase economic competitive power, and obtain foreign exchange through export activities. Therefore, horticulture is an important component from “ Expected Food pattern”, that must be available any time in a sufficient amount, good quality, safe consumption, reasonable price, and it must be accessible to any level of community.
Indonesian people that are consumers in their own country are a potential market. From year to year there is a tendency that the number increases in line with the increase of their living standard and their welfare and the number of population. Business in horticulture (fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants, biopharma plants) is a source of income for the people and farmers, whether they are of small-scale, medium scale, or big scale, because it is supported by superiority in its selling price, type variety, availability of land resource, and technology, and increasing domestic and international markets.
Horticulture development in a new paradigm does not only focus on increasing production, productivity, an efficiency (growth), but iit also deals with strategic issues such as quality, food security, even income, and poverty solution (equity and welfare), and reservation of enviroenment in order to increase competitive power and a wider market access and also to realize sustainable development. According to Renstra Kementerian Pertanian 2010-2014, the policy and strategies to develop horticulture is carried out through 6 pilar approaches of horticulture development that is carried out simultaneously and integratively among the headquarter, provinces, and regencies/cities. The six pillars of horticulture development are as follows; (1) regional and rural development, (2) supply chain management, (3) GAP and SOP application, (4) institutional development, (5) integrated horticulture investment, and (6) improvement of consumption and export. The focus of applying the six pillars of horticulture development is developing and completion of the areas that have structured supply chain management.
Then in order to make sure the legal assurance in carrying out the establishment and development of horticulture, Law No 13/2010 about Horticulture was issued. This law exists as a demand since there is no regulation that specifically handles horitulcture commodities. The existing regulations are not yet able to carry out the establishment and development of horticulture. The impact that is expected from the excistence of the Horticulture Law in establishing and developing horticulture in Indonesia is that the horticulture commodities can grow and develop optimally. This condition hopefully can increase production, productivity, quality, added value, competitive power, market segment, foreign exchange, health, welfare, prosperity, and last but not least it can become independent in its own country.
Darmaga, 10 October 2011
Andrea Emma P
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