Agriculture Ministry / National Police work for food security

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Agriculture Ministry / National Police work for food security
National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo and Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo after signing an MoU at the Police Headquarters, South Jakarta, Tuesday (11/16/2021). Photo: humas.polri.go.id

IO – The Agriculture Ministry and the National Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday (11/16/2021) regarding
security assistance in the implementation of agricultural development programs.

National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the MoU was designated to encourage and accelerate the programs of the Agriculture Ministry. “Our hope is how the National Police can support the Agriculture Ministry in establishing food security and to find ways to reduce dependence on imports,” said the General at the National Police Headquarters, Jakarta.

General Listyo Sigit hopes that the MoU might boost the development of the nation’s agricultural sector, including encouraging exports. “In the past two years, we haven’t imported rice. This is certainly an achievement from the Agriculture Ministry. And we will continue to give our support so that we could reduce such dependency, so we can ideally increase exports,” he said.

The National Police Chief believes that the MoU will be followed up with a cooperation agreement executed by the main officers in the National Police and the director-general in the Agriculture Ministry.

The General added that strategies and actions for land use and modernization should be developed to improve food production quality amid areas development that has shrunk agricultural land. Next, it is also
necessary to maximize new lands that have not been cultivated. “And our program is to develop these two points,” he said.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the agricultural sector is able to contribute a fairly large percentage of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Thus, the National Police is committed to supporting and synergizing with the Agriculture Ministry to ensure that the realization of food security, reducing imports and increasing exports can be carried out seamlessly, said the National Police Chief.

Also attending the event, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo stated that maintaining food security and ensuring food availability for the 273 million Indonesian citizens could not be done solely by the Agriculture Ministry. Thus, he appreciated how the National Police is willing to contribute to maintaining and strengthening the food sector in the country, such as by cultivating the large territory of Indonesia and securing post-harvesting processes and produce.

The Minister hopes that through the MoU, the security in the food sector can be guided optimally by the police. “And the President expects this to happen promptly. Everything must be done optimally to prepare for our food security,” he said. (eka)