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    West Java Continues to Strive for Improvement of Food Consumption

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    BANDUNG-Vice Governor of West Java, as Deputy Food Security Council of West Java province, Deddy Mizwar leads Plenary Meeting of the Food Security Council of West Java province, at room Sanggabuana, Gedung Sate Bandung, Thursday (12/29/2016).

    Vice Governor Deddy Mizwar said, the fulfillment of adequate food handling requires a synergistic manner, and cross-cutting. Start from efforts to improve availability, including increased food production, handling distribution, and stability of food prices, as well as the implementation of diverse food consumption, nutritionally balanced, and safe.

    "Today the implementation of food security confronted with various problems, for example, associated with the growth of demand for food faster than the growth of the supply. Then the increase in population, economic growth and purchasing power, as well as changes in appetite causing food needs are increasing rapidly, either in the amount, quality, and variety, "said Deddy Mizwar.

    On the other hand, said Deddy, food production capacity is also constrained by land use competition, extreme climate change, lack of adequate infrastructure support, and a decline in the quality of natural resources directly or indirectly will hamper efforts to increase food production.

    In connection with that, the Government and Local Government are obliged to improve the fulfillment of the quality and quantity of food consumption in the fulfillment of food consumption patterns, through the setting of targets achievement rates of food consumption per capita per year in accordance with the number of nutrient adequacy, provision of a variety of foods, nutritionally balanced, safe, and does not conflict with religion, faith and culture, and the development of knowledge and capabilities in food consumption patterns are diverse, nutritionally balanced, quality, and safe.

    "Since it is stipulated by Presidential Regulation No. 22 of 2009 About Dietary Pattern Hope Score (PPH). The method of PPH become one measurement for the value of the composition of food and nutrition balanced pattern," he said.

    PPH is also an indicator of the performance of strategic food security as well as serve as an instrument to evaluate food consumption in an area that can be used as a reference or basis for the preparation of food consumption requirements planning.

    Based on analysis of consumption in 2011-2015 West Java PPH has not reached the optimal value. It is below the value of Ideal PPH 100. In 2015, PPH score reached 81, and compared scores PPH in 2011 at 73.5.

    In an effort to improve the quality of food consumption indicated by a score of PPH that has yet to reach ideal conditions. West Java Provincial Government through the Food Security Agency of West Java Province will continue to increase the availability of food, and food access community, and increasing the diversity of quality and food safety, with indicators of success in improving the PPH score of 82, new paddy fields 80,000 hectares, Exchange Farmer Rate (NTT) 113 to 114 points, as well as networking certification of agricultural products quality as many as 540 pieces.

    Additionally Deddy said, infrastructure is also a cause of food insecurity in a region. Therefore, improvement of infrastructure will also be the focus in the future.

    "It means, there is infrastructure that creates the area was so insecure, bridges are cut, for example. Next year there is a budget for repairing the bridges. It should be focused there," he said.

    Meanwhile, Secretary of Food Security Council Yayuk F. Baliwati said, from the Data of Food Security Council said the West Java province has 813 rural food-insecure in 2016. From these 316 new villages that had been handled by the provincial government. While in 2016, the provincial government is targeting 487 villages handling of food insecurity. But only realized 64.88%.

    "That has not been proud is handling points in scarce regions. The target is 487 according to RPJMD. The untreated 316 villages," he said.

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