BANDUNG - The highlight of the 61st National Plantation Day of 2018 took place lively. Present representing the Governor of West Java, Regional Secretary (Sekda) of West Java Province Iwa Karniwa symbolically distributed assistance to two million coffee seeds and superior West Java tobacco varieties on the Gedung Sate Bandung page on Monday (12/10/18).
Giving coffee seeds symbolically to three farmer groups (gapoktan) in West Java, including Garut Regency, Ciamis Regency, and Garut Regency.
According to Iwa, in the past few years, the popularity of West Java coffee has grown rapidly and even reached the world level. This certainly encourages the West Java Provincial Government to continue to creatively develop the quality of West Java coffee.
"This is a potential that must continue to be developed. In the last few years the West Java commies have won prestigious awards in the world. One of them won a Tertinggu score in the coffee festival in Atlanta, United States, two years ago," said Iwa Regional Secretary.
Indonesia is currently ranked fourth in the world coffee producers with a total production of 600,000 tons or around 6.6% of world coffee production. Still inferior to Vietnam, which ranks second in the world coffee producers with production of 1.53 million tons or around 16% of world coffee production.
Just like coffee, Iwa also said that the tobacco industry is one of the domestic strategic sectors that has high competitiveness and continues to make a significant contribution to the national economy.
"This proves that the development and research units in our plantation industry are successful. The sector contributions categorized as local wisdom include employment, state revenues through excise taxation and becoming an important commodity for farmers from plantation products in the form of tobacco and clove," he added.
"With this, of course we are supporting the assistance of 2 million coffee seeds and superior West Java tobacco varieties. Hopefully with this assistance, the standards of coffee and tobacco in West Java can increase," Iwa hoped.
In line with Iwa, the Director General of Plantations at the Ministry of Agriculture, Bambang said that plantation commodities played a role in job providers with the involvement of 22.69% of millions of laborers and planters.
"Judging from the contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of agriculture, plantation commodities contributed 34% to the National GDP. In the second quarter of 2018, the contribution of plantations to GDP reached 384.22 trillion rupiah," he explained.
"On this Plantation Day, of course there is a need for collaboration from various parties, synergies and accelerating acceleration to increase National plantation development," Bambang added.
By providing these seeds, it is expected to be able to be used as a more prospective business opportunity in improving the economy and welfare of farmers, so that later Indonesian plantations can become more prosperous.