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    Regional Secretary: Department Should Set Up Commodities Strategy


    BANDUNG-Regional Secretary of West Java Iwa Karniwa asked Department of Plantation to set up the strategy of sharpening plantation commodities which can open up labor and oriented industry. This emphasis was conveyed by Iwa when attend the halal bihalal event on West Java Department of Plantation Surapati Street, Bandung, Thursday (6/7) which also attended by plantation stakeholder from all over West Java.

    He thinks in the future, plantation can focus on 4 type commodities namely coconut, tea, coffee, and rubber which production is quite high in West Java.

    "So, the approach is no longer one village one product, but zone approach," he said.

    Therefore with this approach Institutional, infrastructure and plantation infrastructure can be more optimal from upstream to downstream. According to him start from the hatchery to harvest, manage with a good mechanism.

    "In the Downstream is until the manufacturing process or at least half-finished production that could be exported and had high value-added. Better if it is finished, "he explained.

    Second, he asked Department of Plantation to build synergy plasma core pattern as priority. Using this pattern, investors encourage people to contribute in plantation sector.

    "Investors invest to broad community coffee plantation and there is an agreement that the planting pattern will adjusted, so that the production is better," he said.

    In addition, Investor also provide market, so the pattern of cooperation which involve society can lasts long. "The Development partern in has not in industry scale, but it will upgraded in the future by sharpening the commodity strategies," he said.

    According to him, the opportunity for plantation sector to open job vacancy is vary significant. He pointed out rubber sectore which can hire about 120.000 people. "It's not even in plantation scale. It's has not include coffee, tea, and also coconut in Pangandaran," he said.

    The plantation sector can also be inserted by the development of horticulture which allows people to earn additional income. Iwa pointed out that currently there are plantations that also develop curly red peppers. "This has not yet led to industrial scale, so in the future there is economic capitalization and a lot of employment," he explained.

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