Probolinggo, 16 March 2019
“Food is one of the focuses of our economic development for the next five years. We are encouraging the production of diverse foodstuffs to fulfil the energy and protein needs of the community, including the production of smallholder-based meat. In addition, we are also working to increase the agricultural sector value added and investment, to reach a growth of 3.87-3.93 percent in 2020-2024," explained Minister National Development Planning/Head of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro during the Ministerial and Members of the House of Representatives Commission XI working visit to the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Incomes through Support for Markets in Agriculture (PRISMA) work site in Probolinggo, East Java, on March 16, 2019.
The average national cattle population growth in 2014-2018 reaches 3.7 percent per year. The largest cattle population is in East Java, which is around 4.65 million or 27 percent of the total national cattle population. Probolinggo is one of the districts with the highest number of cattle farmers and cattle in East Java.
Acknowledging the potential of large livestock populations and beef production in East Java (and also in West Nusa Tenggara , PRISMA is working with partners to support the growth of the beef sector and to increase the incomes of cattle farmers.
By December 2018, the intervention of beef cattle PRISMA together with all partners in East Java has increased the incomes of 10,021 smallholder farming households with an average increase of 169 percent. In the 2016-2018 period, PRISMA's partners have experienced an increase in feed sales of more than IDR 30 billion. At the end of his remarks, Minister Bambang explained three lessons learned from PRISMA to be replicated in other regions. First, there is potential for systemic change in a commodity value chain. Second, there is potential for growth if an intervention is carried out in the commodity value chain. Third, there is potential to reach by the poor society.