Yogyakarta, dpd.go.id - Committee II DPD RI held a meeting with the Provincial Government of DI Yogyakarta in order to inventory in the framework of drafting the Food Sovereignty Bill and the Bill of Conservation and Utilization and Genetic Resources (SDG). One of the objectives of the drafting of the bill is to meet the food needs of the people and not rely on food imports from abroad.

One of the indications of the unrealized food sovereignty is the fact that the government is still importing food from abroad. According to Vice Chairman of Committee II DPD RI, Aji Mirza, Indonesia's import level for food is still relatively high, where the Government in early 2018 has issued a rice import policy. Yet according to him, Indonesia has great potential in fulfilling the food needs of the community.

"Related to some recent policies such as imports, we are initiating this bill. We hope that Indonesia with this vast country, great marine potential, and large farming, through this bill can encourage every region to have an initiative in food sovereignty in this country, "said Aji Mirza in the meeting room of Yogyakarta Provincial Government on Monday (9 / 4).

He explained that the Food Sovereignty Bill would also protect land for food production to avoid land conversion. Currently, many food lands are shifted to industrial or urban functions due to economic development.

"The increase in population makes our land less. And the results of our agricultural production can not meet the needs of the community. If we do not have a clear effort related to this, it will caused greater imports, "said East Kalimantan Senator who also represents North Kalimantan.

Meanwhile, Senator from DI Yogyakarta, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Hemas, the concept of a barn of one village is considered to be able to realize the food sovereignty, where food sovereignty can be realized through the fulfillment of food needs starting from the village. Related to the development of SDG, GKR Hemas explained that Yogyakarta Province has conducted research and development that can be utilized by the people of Yogyakarta.

"There are some things that have been submitted that actually for genetic we've done a lot of research with the campus and used by the community. As Kulonprogo already has its own clean water, "he said.

On the same occasion, the Yogyakarta Provincial Government Secretary, Gatot Saptadi hoped that the Food Sovereignty Bill will not only look at the availability and consumption, but also the distribution. The goal is that food fulfillment can be equitable and protect farmers in each region.

"The concept of food sovereignty is not only looking at availability and consumption, but also governance and distribution. We are waiting for this law to be published and applicable in the regions, "he said.

09 April 2018