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Optimizing the use of national food products to reduce imports: ministry

Imports are allowed if there are no domestic supplies, such as wheat, which we do not plant. However, as long as it can be replaced with cassava, sorghum flour and sago flour, we (should) replace

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Agriculture has asked the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce to optimize the use of domestic food products to reduce dependence on imported products.

“In times of crisis, (the demand for) domestic food products is very high. Cassava exports have tripled, which means that the demand for local food products is very high compared to that of imports,” said the ministry’s director general of food crops, Suwandi. a webinar titled “Digitalization as a Means to Prevent Corruption, Prevent Commodity Corruption, and Maximize Non-Tax State Revenue (PNBP),” here on Wednesday.

Suwandi said imports and exports are the parameters for farmers to make farming decisions. Therefore, he said the government should give due consideration to domestic production and its substitution in implementing the import plan.

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“Imports are allowed if there are no domestic (supplies) like wheat, which we don’t plant. However, as long as it can be replaced by cassava, sorghum flour and sago flour, we (will have to) replace it,” he added. declared.

The Managing Director also noted that in the event of a balance sheet deficit, policy makers should not rush to make the decision to import but rather step up domestic production.

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“If the balance sheet is in surplus, (then policymakers can make) exports. If it is in deficit, (then they should not) import, but intensify domestic production, and imports are limited” , Suwandi noted.

Furthermore, Suwandi said that in order to prevent corruption in the application of the National System of Commodity Balance Sheets (SNANK), which issues export and import licenses, stakeholders should be able to to improve digitization if necessary.

He also suggested that the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce classify and detail the types of rice that can be imported through the SNANK app.

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