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    Livestock People's Business Credit is Targeting West Java Food Self-Sufficiency

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    GARUT-Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil targets, in 5 years the food needs of nearly 50 million citizens, especially the livestock sector are met independently or not imported from other provinces.

    He said, the need for beef alone in West Java reached 130 thousand tons per year but only fulfilled from West Java farmers for 46 thousand tons. The need for eggs has only reached 172 thousand tons of 500 thousand tons of total needs.

    "So there is a business opportunity of 80 thousand tons of cattle again and is guaranteed to be purchased. Previously to fulfill the shortfall we imported from other provinces, it was only cattle," said Ridwan Kamil, after attending the KUR distribution of livestock in Garut, Saturday (09/02/2019 )

    According to Emil, the Governor's greeting, this shortfall is a big business opportunity that can be utilized by the community, including millennials to become livestock entrepreneurs. For this reason, Emil advised the community to use the People's Business Credit (KUR) program for livestock from banks that have been appointed by the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, namely BRI, BNI, Mandiri and BJB.

    "I remind the public that the livestock business opportunity is very large. Let's become an entrepreneur whose opportunity is in sight. After that, we will connect with the owners of capital, namely banking," he added.

    Emil hopes that the KUR debtors specifically in West Java will increase every year. Thus self-sufficiency in livestock food can be realized during his leadership.

    "I have aspirations for the food needs of 50 million West Java residents to be able to be supplied by themselves. In 5 years, God willing, we will be self-sufficient in livestock," he said.

    Joko Waluyo, Assistant Deputy of Capital Market and Financial Institutions of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, said that the KUR livestock program was proven to help farmers access funding. In 2018, the government prepared a KUR ceiling of Rp. 14.4 trillion, with 687 thousand debtors.

    "Nationally KUR farms reach Rp. 14.4 trillion with 687 thousand debtors," said Joko.

    In general, the general KUR West Java has disbursed Rp. 42.2 Trillion with debtors of 1.9 million people. While KUR specifically for livestock reached Rp 437 billion from the total debtor of 17,525 people.

    "The potential of livestock in West Java is large so farmers and SMEs must be able to access KUR more," he said.

    In its development, the KUR program has undergone several changes in both regulations and schemes, one of which is the reduction in interest rates. Joko revealed, initially in 2015 the KUR interest rate was estimated at 12 percent. Then 2017 interest charged at 9 percent and 2018 to date has fallen again to 7 percent.

    "The government also stipulates a scheme change which prioritizes the production sector, one of which is livestock," he said.

    It was recorded from 2015 to 2018 that the KUR ceiling had been channeled to 13.8 million debtors amounting to Rp 333 Trillion. The decline in interest rates to 7 percent is a factor in the increase in numbers.

    "Decreasing interest rates is the government's commitment to pay interest subsidies. The interest subsidies paid by the government in 2015 were only Rp. 39 billion, in 2016 Rp. 3.7 trillion and in 2018 had reached Rp. 11.6 trillion," Joko said.

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