[NEWS] Food Estate Must Become a Funnel for Reforming the National Agricultural System, Observers Say

SURABAYA – Agricultural Observer Universitas Brawijaya (UB) Malang Dr. Sujarwo stated that food estate should be the mouthpiece for reforming the national agricultural system.

It is hoped that the food estate can strengthen food security, sovereignty, and self-sufficiency while at the same time encouraging the welfare of farmers.

The Deputy Dean of the UB Faculty of Malang said that the government’s acceleration can be strategic, if the food estate is played as an institutional building for modernization, agricultural efficiency, creating added value, and synergizing with farmer corporations.

“The assumption is that transaction costs can be reduced and the efficiency of food estate operations can be achieved properly, so it will become an instrument of government policy in order to strengthen sustainable food security,” said Sujarwo in writing, Saturday (12/11).

In addition, it brings a multiplier effect on the modernization of national agriculture. According to Sujarwo, building a food estate is as important as building a farmer’s corporation and as important as building a farmer’s institution.

Both are strategic steps to gain advantages over scale and generate efficiency in operations because of the great opportunity in the implementation of modern agricultural technology.

“Similarly, the effect of creating added value will be more wide open if agricultural resources are managed by a company with a business scale and have continuity in their production,” he said.

Then, the decision on the use of resources for production must apply a driven by market strategy or pay attention to market conditions.

Agriculture Observer of UB Malang, Dr. Sujarwo, conveyed about the importance of food estate which can be a mouthpiece for reforming the national agricultural system.