NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – The price of local soybeans on the market has fallen, resulting in the production of tempeh and tofu. The Ministry of Agriculture moved quickly by conducting a movement to stabilize the supply and price of soybean markets.
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL) said that the consumption of imported soybeans is quite high because the price is much cheaper than local soybeans. Currently, price increases occur globally, causing constraints in the local market.
This was conveyed during a visit to tahu tempe craftsmen to make a movement to stabilize the supply and price of soybean market in Semanan, Kalideres, West Jakarta, Thursday, December 7, 2021 with Pangdam Jaya, Maj. Gen. TNI Dudung Abdurachman.
He also said that the stabilization movement was carried out by cooperating with the Indonesian Tempe Tahu Producers Cooperative (Gakoptindo) and the Indonesian Soybean Importers Association (Akindo), with soybean prices of Rp 8,500 per kg at the craftsman level so that soybean needs are met.
Mentan SYL also said the consumption of imported soybeans is quite high because the price is much cheaper than local soybeans. Currently, price increases occur globally, causing constraints in the local market.
“The contraction in soybeans occurs globally. So far tempeh tofu that we consume a lot using imported soybeans because the price is cheaper. Our supply is safe, but prices are rising because the producer country is experiencing constraints,” said SYL.
He also emphasized the Ministry of Agriculture together with stakeholders today together in maintaining the stability of soybean prices amidst the polemic of price increases that occur today. There are 3 agendas that will be carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture to continuously monitor the supply and price of soybeans in the country.
“Firstly the SOS agenda is price stabilization, supply should not be disturbed so that availability must be ensured safe. Prices should not go down too much and should not go up too much, the worry is that this contingency is only temporary,” he said.
Mentan added the SOS agenda to the 100-day agenda. Second, the temporary agenda is that in the next 200 days local productivity must be improved. Third, Indonesia’s long agenda can support the needs of soybeans independently so that when other countries experience obstacles do not impact the country.
“Our society is the average tempeh tofu eater so this soy should not be questioned. We immediately take concrete steps in the field as an effort to stabilize prices first. Hopefully the price is stable not only in Jakarta but in Java, as well as other regions as well,” he explained.
In addition, SYL also encourages tempeh tofu craftsmen to use local soybeans because the quality is better than imported soybeans. Therefore, he focused the 2021 program included in increasing soybean production.
“We prepare the supply of soybeans, our production is boosted. Our soybeans are short, sweet and liked by the community so that in the future encourage their cultivation. In accordance with President Jokowi’s direction, this is to meet the needs of tempeh tofu craftsmen. We find a way out so that the price of tempeh tofu with local soybeans is affordable,” he said.
Meanwhile, Head of Food Security Agency (BKP) Kementan, Agung Hendriadi said lauching the market operation is a continuation of the efforts to control prices and supply carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Gapoktindo and the Indonesian Soybean Importers Association (Akindo) that had been carried out on January 5.
“The meeting between the Indonesian Tempe Tahu Producers Cooperative and the Indonesian Soybean Importers Association yesterday was conducted to agree on steps that can be taken in stabilizing prices,” said Agung.
Agung said based on the agreement, in 100 days the supply and price of soybeans can be stable, especially the island of Java, based on the circular price in craftsmen Rp.8,500 per kg.
“The distribution mechanism is cut to reduce the distribution price so that later importers go directly to the craftsmen. This launching event is also a proof of the start of this agreement,” agung said.
Chairman of Gapoktindo, Aip Syarifuddin appreciated the government’s efforts in stabilizing prices among craftsmen. He admitted that currently the production has resumed smoothly and craftsmen know tempeh can now feel safe with the price that has been disepati.
“Thank you Minister of Agriculture, Pangdam for his concrete steps. It’s really very helpful. Now the price of Akindo is Rp 8,500 perkilogram and we do not raise a dime in craftsmen,” said Aip. It is He who has made the day for you to see the people, so that they may take (sir/ina)