BANDUNG - The West Java Provincial Government encourages the plantation sector to provide added value in order to be able to open jobs and increase people's purchasing power.
West Java Regional Secretary Iwa Karniwa said that in the next five years the Provincial Government will continue to push to increase plantation productivity to open jobs and increase people's purchasing power. "We try to increase the plantation area, transformed into an environmentally friendly tourist destination," he said after the 61st Plantation Day at Gedung Sate, Bandung, Monday (12/10/2018).
According to him, plantations are one of the strategic sectors to accelerate the welfare of the people of West Java, especially in improving the economy of the community and reducing unemployment.
"As well as increasing the economic competitiveness of the community through a variety of ways, one of which is to increase the productivity of cocoa, coconut, including coffee. "The plantation sector is indeed currently in the primary and raw material sectors," he said.
West Java Provincial Government itself received certification and awards from the Ministry of Agriculture as a provincial government which has the largest contribution in the plantation sector including one of them raising the coffee sector. "Earlier the certified coffee seedlings were symbolically handed over by two million seeds. At the same time we get certification of research results especially for tobacco, "he said.
He said he continued to encourage the plantation sector, one of which was by providing seeds of 2 million coffee seeds. It is expected that with this assistance the standard of coffee in West Java can increase. "And then what we need is to help market access, but we must guard when abundant production does not cause the price of this commodity to fall," he said.
Meanwhile, although the tobacco industry still attracts controversy, according to the Ministry of Industry, this industry is one of the domestic strategic sectors that has high competitiveness and continues to make a significant contribution to the national economy. (Even)