Horticulture Products Supply Threatened To Loss By Flooding

Jumat, 24 Januari 2014 | 15:38

The adverse weather and flooding which happened in the last few days have affected the horticulture production which may decline up to 30%.

In fact, due to the disruption on the production, the prices of a number of major horticulture commodities such as chili, onion, and potato have the potential to be spurred up to 100%. The condition could cause the government to make import policy.

Chairman of National Horticulture Board Benny A. Kusbini said the price increase could become an incentive to the farmers for making intensive plant. On the other side, in long term, the condition has clearly harmed the farmers for there is a price disparity on local and foreign products.

“At first, the condition is beneficial to the farmers yet in long period it could harm the sustainability of local farming due to the price disparity,” he said, Wednesday (1/22).

For next scenario, he said, the government will make non populist policy through the import increasing. If the policy is implemented then the local horticulture agriculture might be insolvent.

“The government realizes that the import is a non populist policy yet the government needs to do that to control the price,” he said.

For instance, the local potato price has now reached IDR7,000-IDR8,000 per kg, while the China potato price is still in the range of IDR4,500 per kg. “The government would automatically make various efforts to suppress the price, which include the import,” he said.

In the meantime, Head of Tropical Horticulture Study Center at Bogor Agricultural Institute Sobir stated the same thing. The horticulture production for the next three months has the potential to decline up to 30%.

Aside from the quantity, the local horticulture quality will also decline especially for chili, onion and vegetables. “The quality would shrink or decay,” he said.

Pests Attack

Other than issues, the attack of plant pests may also increase. The condition would worsen the sectors wherein the selling price increase would become a fresh air to the farmers in improving the land which is having damage. On the other side, it also threatened the sustainability of local agriculture.

For that, he urged the government to be a mediator in finalizing the problems. Apart from protecting the consumers, the government should also protect the farmers from the loss caused by the weather anomaly.

He said generally based on the consumption pattern, the horticulture commodity consists of two groups which are as a complementary where the expensive commodity will be replaced by more affordable commodity.

Meanwhile, the non complementary products will still be consumed although the prices are increasing. The products include chili, onion, garlic, and potato.

The agriculture ministry data showed the production of onion, chili, and potato in 2013 had a hike compared with the previous year of 2012.

by M. Taufiqur Rahman, Renat Sofie Andriani 
source http://business.bisnis.com