September 15th, 2023
Translated by: PO
Written by: Jgd/ Editorial
Rice Prices Rising Up (Soar), Traders Scream, Audit Board of the Republic of Indonesia (BPK) Must Audit Food Estate Program
Jakarta ANN – The depletion of government rice reserves and rising rice prices are making traders and the public, especially the lower middle class, scream. This raises questions about the results of the government program in creating new food estates or food barns.
Academic Dr. Suriyanto PD, SH, MH, M.Kn believes that food estates should be used to maintain optimal rice reserves and prevent price fluctuations. However, in reality, the food estate program is unable to anticipate national food security.
“The current situation makes us ask, what about rice production from food estates? Rice prices have soared, rice traders are unable to do anything. As a result, people are also screaming because of the high price of rice,” said Suriyanto, in a statement in Jakarta. , Friday 15 September 2023.
Suriyato said that the increase in rice prices is closely related to the food estate program, one of which is strengthening and maintaining food security and is also included in the National Strategic Program, from 2020 to 2024.
“The current increase in rice prices is related to the food estate program which has failed so it cannot be used as a source of food security. The current increase in rice prices should be a trigger for an examination of the food estate program which costs trillions of rupiah in state funds. The government and law enforcers must not remain silent “This is in the interests of the people, the people are the masters of the leaders. The rising price of rice in the failed food estate program must be checked,” said Suriyanto.
Suriyanto said that the failure of the food estate program was apart from not being based on proper studies, there was also a mismatch in the land used for the food estate, problems with infrastructure, cultivation and technology as well as socioeconomic issues.
Regarding obstacles related to social problems, said Suriyanto, he added, namely related to the readiness of human resources (HR) in developing food estates. This matter was not looked into in detail by the government.
“What if the resources are human, the land is opened but there are no farmers who want to work there? In the end it was abandoned, while the trillions in funds that had been disbursed simply evaporated. “For this reason, it would be very appropriate for the BPK to step in to audit the food estate program,” explained Suriyanto.