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Rabu, 28 Januari 2009

Rice Imports: the House of Representatives Must Side on Poor People, do not Play-Act anymore!

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JAKARTA – The Senayan Politicians suspected by many people as the representative of the rulers and the corporations, not the people representative, again play-act. At the first, they seem siding on the people, but at the end of the story they will betray. Now, the polemic of rice imports done by the govt. on the command of the President SBY for about 110.000 tons attracts many politicians’ attention at the House of Representatives to ask for polling right immediately.

The improvement of this polling right is very significant. The politicization process of rice imports by the House of Representatives does not just become the capitalization process of rice imports. It means that there will be many parties advantaging this situation to enrich themselves personally. “The politic process in the House of Representatives to withdraw back the rice import policy done by the government is not much expected since there were lots of bad experiences on that. It still fresh in our mind the fuel rising last year, firstly it seemed supporting the people, nevertheless it did stabbed from the back. Let’s see what will happen on this right, ” said Henry Saragih, the General Secretary of FSPI.
It is expected that on the process of the polling right’s use, the House of Representatives can investigate from the background of rice imports, the process, the operational, and the parties involved. Do not let the govt.’s information for this rice import unrevealed for what’s really happening inside it.

The govt. and the State Logistics Agency are not on the side of the peasants.
In this rice import problem, the govt. should better give precedence to the security of rice stock supplying in domestic not from import. “The govt. and the State Logistics Agency prioritize import as an instant policy to meet the domestic rice need. That policy is definitely marginalized the peasants,” said Henry Saragih. Moreover, do not let the rising rice price become solely a govt.’s justification and rumor transferring, he added. This indication is proved with the rising price which nominal is unnatural in some areas. However, that high price is not advantaged directly by most peasants, since the rice has already in the hand of the traders for the peasants have sold all crops. Moreover, it is getting accustomed to happen that the rice price tends to higher both at the end and the beginning of the year. “We are sure that soon the harvest time comes, the unhusked rice in the peasant level will going down back,” said Henry.

Therefore, until now FSPI keeps refusing the rice imports from Vietnam for about 110.000 tons. “FSPI keeps holding on the data of the Agriculture Department saying that the rice supply of Indonesia is actually adequate”, stated Henry. The more strategic step done is the govt. focuses on the agriculture development which has never side on the peasants and the farmhands of 25,4 million families, not just rice imports.

The reasons delivered by the govt. in importing rice are; First it is because the rice price reach for the critical point, i.e. 3500/kg. Second, it is because the supply at the State Logistics Agency is less than 1 million ton of rice. These two reasons that become the basic of rice import policy.

As a matter of fact, we have known that the price reaching for the critical point is a common thing due to the fuel rising reaching for multiply twice since the production costs of the peasants increased from seeds, tractor rent, and transportation. The peasants lost many potential sources which should be some additional points due to the rice mill owned not by the peasants, starting from husk, grains of rice, and mixture of rice and bran.

In addition, the economic interest in the rice trade is very long. It has to be cut so the consumers and the peasants enjoy the advantage. It is the responsible and the role of the govt. to protect the peasants and the poor consumers.

Afterwards, on the rice supply, the Minister of Agriculture as the operational chairman of Food Security Body had convinced the President as the Chairman of the Food Security Body several times that the national rice supply is surplus for more than 2.1 million tons.

Remember that the first stage policy of rice imports December 2005 ago was set after the Vice President, the Minister of Trade and the Minister of Cooperation and Public Welfare held a coordination meeting on 22 October 2005 without involving the Minister of Agriculture, who has more or less data information about rice. The role of the State Logistics Agency to buy the peasants’ rice did not do maximally as well. It is clear that the reason is solely profit and loss calculation since we have already known that the State Logistics Agency has become a public corporation meaning it has been a profit-oriented institution.

This can be seen from the time given to buy the peasants’ rice is very short that is only 12 days, the State Logistics Agency concentrates only in Java Island, whereas in the South Sulawesi and South Kalimantan the rice supply is still a lot. The State Logistics Agency also gives the heavy terms and conditions intentionally.

According to the Minister of Trade, the entrance way of rice imports is the minus areas. On contrary, the Belawan Harbour (North Sumatra) also becomes the rice entrance. As a matter of fact, according to the Public Relations of the State Logistics Agency I Regional of North Sumatra, Haris Fadillah Lubis, they have 31.200 tons of rice supply per 16 January 2005. This supply will be able to fill the rice need until the next 4 months (Bisnis Indonesia, 19 January 2006).

“We see that besides the President, the Minister of Trade and the State Logistics Agency (as the food (rice) support institution) are unable to run its function”, said Henry. “I think the function of the State Logistic has to be reevaluated, both function and role and the barn management as well, perhaps the State Logistics Agency is not needed anymore for the peasants”. In addition, the President as the Chairman of the Food Security Body has to maximize his roles and duties. To the Indonesian people, the rice problem is not only an economic case, but also it relates to the people’s social-culture. It is an ironic, if the agrarian country has to depend its food in the International market. There is no country, whose government having big population hands over its food affairs to the market.

For the increasing price, a number of parties suspect that there might be a game inside it, since there is only a little peasant enjoying the rising price. The peasants mostly sell in the form of unhusked rice not rice. The rice has mostly been in the hand of the traders. “Therefore, the politic of opposing the poor consumers against the poor peasants is the act of oppressing the poor people in Indonesia,” he said.

Further contact:
Henry Saragih (General Secretary of FSPI): 08163144441,
Achmad Ya’kub (Deputy of Campaign and Policy Study): 0817712347


Areas starting to harvest per 15 January 2006 are estimated to have great harvest around 20 days.
1. Bantul District, 1 Sub District (Serandakan Sub District) of 17 Sub Districts. The large is 1.430 ha of the total farmland in Bantul, i.e. 10.000 ha
2. Sleman District, Gamping, Godean, Moyudan and Minggir Sub Districts, the total is total 4.000 ha
3. the estimation of great harvest in Yogyakarta is January- April 2006 reaching out 379. 266 tons
4. West Java is estimated to increase this year up to 9,34 tons of unhusked rice from the former.
5. Karawang will keep harvesting from South to North (Cikampek Sub District, Cengkok Village, Klari with the capacity of 5 tons of unhusked rice/ha.

The Increasing Production Cost
1. The urea-based fertilizers of PUSRI reaches up to Rp. 70.000/sack (50 kg) or increase 11-16%
2. Tractor rent from Rp. 40.000/day becomes Rp. 75.000/day or increase 90%, while according to the Department of Agriculture, it increases only 25%. In Cirebon, the tractor rent increases from Rp. 400.000/ha becomes Rp. 600.000/ha
3. The farmhand wage is increasing, commonly it is Rp. 20.000-Rp. 25.000/day become Rp. 30.000-more or increase about 21%,
4. The milling machine rent is higher about 15%

The rice coming into Cipinang averagely is 2.600 tons/day in this week

To where the rice import will come?

Name of Harbour Total/Ton
Belawan 24.600
Dumai 7.000
Bitung 16.800
Balik papan 6.750
Ambon 6.000
Sorong 11.000
Jayapura 6.000
Kupang 19.850
Lhokseumawe 12.000
TOTAL 110.000 tons

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