Erick hopes that the BUMN Food Holding called ID Food will not be just ceremonial
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Erick Thohir requested the launch of Holding Food SOE named ID Food not only ceremonial, but can play a major role in national food self-sufficiency.
“Launching holding food with brand ID Food doesn’t just change the logo, but it must be ensured that the ecosystem in SOEs regarding the SOE food group supply chain must be improved and improved,” said Erick while witnessing the launch. Holding A Food BUMN named ID Food at the Fatahillah Museum, Kota Tua, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/1/2022).
Erick hopes that ID Food can be more optimal in helping the Makmur program which is proven to be successful. Erick said that the Makmur program, which was originally targeted to reach 50 thousand hectares of rice fields, has now exceeded the target with an area of 85 thousand hectares of rice fields and sheltering 79 thousand farmers.
Erick said the Makmur program is proof that strengthening the ecosystem will be able to improve the welfare of farmers. Erick did not rule out expanding the Makmur program for farmers and fishermen in the future.
“We encourage ID Food to improve the food supply chain, where so far there is no certainty, no coordination with one another,” said Erick.
Erick said, strengthening the SOE food ecosystem is the first step in encouraging the improvement of the national food ecosystem. To that end, Erick has combined a number of SOEs in a food holding company that has the same business focus. Thus, the number holding food SOEs previously as many as eight SOEs have now become five SOEs.
This follows the merger between PT Bhanda Ghara Reksa (BGR Logistics) which merged into PT Perusahaan Trading Indonesia (PPI), PT Perikanan Nusantara (Perinus) which merged into PT Perikanan Indonesia (Perindo), and PT Pertani which was incorporated into PT. Sang Hyang Seri.
“We merged from eight companies to five, if they are lacking or still stubborn, I will merge again, but I think five is a good number,” said Erick.
Erick hopes that this merger will restore the health of food SOEs. Therefore, Erick asked food SOEs to immediately innovate business models that are in line with the times.
“The important thing is that we change the business model and of course many assets that are not included in the RNI’s grand strategy can be released to other SOEs that have the same product,” said Erick.
For Erick, ID Food must improve innovation and technology in order to compete. Erick assesses that innovation and technology are the main keys in the current era of disruption.
“If this is not done, don’t be surprised that in 10 years Indonesia will lose to Rwanda, they will make major changes to agriculture in 10 years, with technological innovation with innovation, this RNI can,” said Erick.