DPD RI Asked the Government to Empower Domestic Salt Production


Jakarta, dpd.go.id - Committee II DPD RI asks the government to further empower domestic production of salt to meet consumption and industrial needs, so that the government does not issue a salt import policy that threatens the life of salt farmers in the Working Meeting of Committee II DPD RI on the 3rd floor, Building B DPD RI, Parliament Complex Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (02/10/2017)

The above is one of the conclusions of Working Meeting of Committee II DPD RI with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP), Ministry of Trade (Kemendag), Ministry of Industry (Kemenperin), Municipal Government of Banda Aceh, North Aceh Regency, Sampang regency related to supervision over the implementation of Act No .7 Year 2016 on Protection and Empowerment of Fish Cultivators, and Pondam Salt.

"Some time ago the government imported salt, DPD RI supports the effort because it keeps price stability and national salt requirement not for medium or long term needs", said Parlindungan Purba

Chairman of Committee II and Senator of North Sumatera added that the government can guarantee business certainty, so it can create conditions that produce salt prices as well as fish prices that are beneficial to fishermen, fish farmers and salt farmers.

Senator Denty from Central Java also added that the salt farmers in Pati mostly rented land for salt farming of 20 Million Rupiah in 2 years.

"The results of the salt farmers are not worth the value of production that is only harvested about 4 times a year, and that also depends on weather conditions. I hope the government can absorb the local to the chain of middlemen who play the market price of salt ", explained Denty

On the occasion, Muhammad Yusuf as Inspector General of KKP revealed the problems faced by salt farmers, namely price fluctuations during the high harvest and the lack of technology in producing salt which still relies heavily on weather conditions. To that end, the government seeks the provision of warehouses to store salt at the end of the production season to be marketed again during the rainy season.

"In addition to absorption of local salt raw materials, Ministerial Regulations on controlling the import of salt commodities are being drafted by coordinating and strengthening the synergy across agencies," explained Muhammad Yusuf.

Achmad Sigit as Director General of Chemical, Textile and Various Industries added that to the problem of individual-owned salting land with an area of approximately 5Ha making it difficult to carry out mechanization process, so it is necessary to follow-up efforts with the use of geomembrane on the land of crystallization of land revitalization.

"Besides, the plan to open new land in NTT is 10,000 hectares considering the NTT natural conditions that support the salt farmers", he added. (ast)

02 Oktober 2017