Jakarta, October 18th, 2017. In commemoration of World Food Day (October 16, 2017), PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (Indofood), through the Indofood Research Nugraha (IRN) Program, held a National Symposium and Chili Book Review on "Potential Agribusiness Development and Chili Agro-Industry".The objective of the symposium is to formulate appropriate recommendations on realistic targets to solve problems of instability on the price of chili; especially through the chili agribusiness and agro-industry development; targetting large-scale independent chili producers of Indonesia.
This event is motivated by chilli as a commodity, a unique agricultural product, which is consumed in small quantities (micro), but the upheaval in domestic chili prices affects the economy of the community, in fact has a significant role in the Indonesian macro economy. In 2016, for example, Bank Indonesia stated that chili prices is one of the main sources of inflation. Where since the beginning of 2016, the price of chili is contributing to 16.1 percent of the inflation component.
Director of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, Franciscus Welirang said the national symposium and book review is a development of the IRN Program, the Corporate Social program Responsibility of Indofood, which provides research funding in the field of food for undergraduate students. "Indofood as a food company has a vision to be a Total Food Solutions Company, who wish to contribute on solving national food issues. At the National Symposium this time, discussion has focussed to find a solution that is right on target, concrete and tangible to reduce price fluctuations of chili which can trigger inflation through the chili agribusiness and agro-industry commodities."
Prof. Dr. FG Winarno, chairman of the IRN Expert Team revealed "Often we face supply conditions of fresh chillies that does not accord with market demand, thus fluctuations in the price of chili is inevitable. The fluctuations in the supply of chili are caused by various factors, including seasonal and also the problem of plant diseases. Besides that, chili is a perishable commodity hence needs proper post-harvest handling. While currently there are no large-scale plantations in Indonesia that can guarantee the national stock of chili."
The book "Chili: Potential for Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Development" is a collection of writings, analysis and thinking of the IRN Expert Team. This book examines the chili commodity from various aspects, such as biotechnology and development of chili, nutritional content in chili, cultivation of chili, chili pests and diseases; how to increase chili production to post-harvest handling. "We hope this book can provide benefits and solutions to the problems faced by chili farmers and hopefully this book can also increase knowledge, insight and understanding of chili cultivation for new chili cultivation enthusiasts, agricultural students and students in general," said Prof. Dr. FG Winarno.
Prof. Dr. FG Winarno and Prof. Dr. Ir. Bustanul Arifin MS, appeared as contributors to the book, whilst the panellists consists of Peter Tangka, from chili commodity business i.e. chilli farmers & entrepreneurs, Abdul Hamid (representative of the chili agribusiness association) and Stefanus Indrayana representing the industry.
The event which took place at the Bidakara Hotel Jakarta, was attended by the Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Amran Sulaiman and Indonesian Minister of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita, officials of ministries and agencies related, associations, academics and mass media.
About PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk
Over the last two decades, Indofood has progressively transformed into a Total Food Solutions company with operations in all stages of food manufacturing, from the production of raw materials and their processing, to consumer products in the market. Today, it is renowned as a well-established company and a leading player in each business category in which it operates. In its business operations, Indofood capitalizes on economies of scale and a resilient business model with four complementary Strategic Business Groups (“Group”), namely:
Supported by the strength of its product brands, the Group produces a diverse range of consumer branded products including noodles, dairy, snack foods, food seasonings, nutritional and specialty foods, and beverages.
The Group is primarily a producer of wheat flour as well as pasta, with business operations supported by its own shipping and packaging units.
The Group’s principal activities range from research and development, seed breeding, oil palm cultivation and milling, to the production and marketing of branded cooking oils, margarine and shortening. The Group also cultivates and processes rubber, sugar cane and other crops.
With the most extensive distribution network in Indonesia, the Group distributes the majority of the consumer products manufactured by Indofood and its subsidiaries, as well as by third parties, to the market.
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