KOTA BANDUNG-Gedung Sate is hosting the exhibition of plantation products from all over the archipelago by the Directorate General of Plantation of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia. This exhibition was held as part of a series of 61st National Plantation Day in 2018.
Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum together with Director General of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture Bambang, Director of Processing and Marketing of Plantation Products of the Ministry of Agriculture and Chair of Exhibition Committee, Dedi Junaedi also Minister of Agriculture 2009-2014 Anton Apriyantono officially opened this plantation exhibition on Gedung Sate Front Page, Jl. Diponegoro No. 22, Bandung City, Saturday (12/08/18).
According to the Director of Processing and Marketing of Plantation Products, Dedi Junaedi, he deliberately held this exhibition in Gedung Sate. West Java is part of the history of national plantations. Until now, West Java is still giving a large contribution to the results of national superior plantations.
"Hundreds of years ago, the Dutch colonial built plantations, including in West Java, was one of the pioneers. And until now it continues to produce various plantation products which are exported to various countries, "said Dedi in his speech.
The exhibition with the theme: "Synergy and Acceleration of Plantation Glory" was held from December 8-10 2018 in Gedung Sate, Bandung City. There were 103 exhibition booths with 90 participants. Consisting of 33 provincial SKPD in charge of plantations, Ministry of Agriculture booths, associations, Commodity Council, private companies, foundations, and other stakeholders related to plantations from all over Indonesia.
In addition to the exhibition, there was also a workshop held by eight Committees and the Association of Indonesian Plantation Companies with speakers from Echelon I officials from relevant Ministries / Agencies, Commodity Councils, practitioners, and other stakeholders related to plantations. The workshop will discuss the latest strategic issues on plantation development.
"It is hoped that this exhibition can be followed up through business contracts to increase market access to the results of national plantations," hoped Dedi.
The same thing was also said by Deputy Governor Uu in his speech. He said that the beginning of the history of Indonesian plantations originated from West Java. This is based on the story of forced cultivation in the Dutch era. Uu also gave an example of the fragrant root plant which is an original product of West Java originating from East Priangan, namely Garut.
"History says that initially plantations were not from other provinces, but were from West Java Province, so plantations are now spreading everywhere it was originally from West Java," Uu said.
Furthermore Uu, West Java is famous for its abundant plantation products. Many superior plantation products come from the land of Parahyangan. Like the Tea commodity, Uu said based on historical records that Teh originated from West Java. In addition, West Java is also a producer of coffee. Coffee commodity which is currently being intensively developed by the Regional Government of West Java Province is the best coffee in the world.
Uu added that in accordance with the vision and mission of the West Java Provincial Government in the next five years, it will develop the plantation sector. Among the excellent programs, namely the One Village One Company program and the One Product Islamic Boarding School. This program utilizes plantation products and vacant land.
"Inside (One Village One Company program and One Product Islamic Boarding School) there are plantation product utilization," he said.
Meanwhile, Director General of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture Bambang, gave his appreciation to West Java Province. Bambang considered the Regional Government of West Java Province as one of the regional governments that seriously guarded the plantation sector in Indonesia.
However, Bambang also considered that the condition of Indonesia's plantation sector was still not optimal in terms of productivity. Even with such great potential.
"The actual condition of Indonesian plantations is not yet perfect. "Indonesian plantations with such great potential but we have not been able to deliver plantations to achieve at least the optimum in terms of productivity," Bambang said
"The productivity of various commodities is still relatively low. This is a challenge for all of us, "he said.
In 2017, national plantation commodities contributed to the national GDP reaching Rp 471 trillion. Based on the records until the end of September 2018 the plantation sector has contributed Rp. 313 Trillion.