PT Pupuk Kalimantan Timur (PKT), a state-owned enterprise for fertiliser, initiates “Agro Solution,” a multi-stakeholder partnership to boost agriculture productivity and ensure food security in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). To officially launched the partnership, PKT and key-agricultural stakeholders from both the public and private sectors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Central Lombok on 23 August 2020.
The MoU was signed by Commercial Director of PKT Gatoet Gembiro Noegroho (former), Director General of Food Crops of the Ministry of Agriculture Suwandi and Head of the NTB Agriculture and Plantation Service Husnul Fauzi. Private sector partners in the collaboration include BISI (seed producer), Bayer Crop (crop protection products producer), Jasindo (crop insurance service provider), BNI and PT. Datu Nusra Agribisnis (maize off-taker).
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo and Governor of NTB H. Zulkieflimansyah. Applauding the partnership, the Minister said, “We must develop the agriculture sector strongly and I hope this synergy can continue.” He went on to express his expectation to see that similar collaborative efforts would be replicated in other provinces, to support the Indonesian Government’s dual objectives of improving farmers’ welfare and increasing food security in Indonesia.
Expanding the best practices from Nusa Tenggara Barat, PKT has also launched the Agro-Solution in North Sulawesi and witnessed by Minister Syahrul and the North Sulawesi Regional Secretary on 30 August 2020.
PRISMA advised PKT on the concept and formation of sustainable partnerships aimed at improving agricultural productivity through collaboration. With PRISMA’s support, PKT played the lead role in bringing both private and public sector interests to the multi-stakeholder partnership. Through this collaboration, different parties plan to work together to provide farmers with holistic access to not only PKT’s core products, but also other input products, such as seeds and pesticides, and other critical supporting services, such as agricultural off-taking, financing, and insurance. This access will help farmers in optimising their productivity, hence improving their income and well-being. As for PKT, a counselling service will also be provided for farmers to address their on-ground challenges which will in turn secure more farmers’ loyalty to their products.