Making it difficult for farmers, DPR criticizes the Farmer Card Program


Suara.com – The Farmers Card program is said to make it easier for farmers to obtain subsidized fertilizers, which previously had to be registered in the Indonesian Food Management Information System (SIMPI).

Farmers who are going to buy subsidized fertilizers only need to bring a Tani Card to the appointed dealer or retailer, then the Tani Card is swiped on the EDC machine at the kiosk to purchase subsidized fertilizers as needed.

However, many problems have arisen, ranging from the limited understanding of the Farmer Card Program and even accessing the Farmer Card Program. As a result, many small farmers have difficulty getting subsidized fertilizers.

“The new turmoil occurred after farmers were required to use farmer cards. That means farmers are not ready to use farmer cards,” said Member of Commission IV DPR RI, Sutrisno during a Hearing Meeting, Monday (18/1/2021).

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According to him, obtaining subsidized fertilizers is a right for farmers as an effort to achieve the food security that President Joko Widodo aspires to.

However, if the Farmers Card is in fact it is difficult for farmers to access. The food security that President Jokowi aspires to be impossible to materialize.

“Kartu Tani will not solve the problem of subsidized fertilizer distribution. The problem is in the bureaucracy,” he said.

The issue of scarcity of subsidized fertilizers, according to him, often appears at the beginning of the year or to be precise at the beginning of the planting period. However, what actually happened was not the scarcity of subsidized fertilizers, but the difficulty for farmers to access subsidized fertilizers.

“Many farmers do not have and have not applied for (Farmer’s Cards). They do not understand that to get fertilizer, they have to enter a group and have RDKK,” he said.

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Previously, Chairman of the Mainstay Farmers and Fishermen Contact (KTNA) Winarno Tohir explained that the problem of delay in fertilizers occurred because the Agriculture Office in each city district had not issued a Decree (SK), which is the implementing rule of the Regulation of the Minister of Agriculture (Permentan) issued by the Ministry of Agriculture at the end of December 2020.

“Yes, that’s right, per Kadis (head of service) district / city very slowly. Out of more than 500 districts / cities, only 93 regencies / cities have issued their decrees,” said Winarno.

Based on data as of January 10, 2021, out of 514 districts / cities, only 93 districts / cities have issued the SK from MOA 49/2020.

As a result, although producers and distributors have supplied this fertilizer commodity to remote areas, subsidized fertilizers were not distributed to farmers at all until the issuance of the SK.

In fact, the coordination mechanism for the distribution of fertilizers has been changed to a simpler one, namely from the previous SK issued through the Governor, then changed to the Regent, and this year the authority has been changed again by the Head of Regency / City Service (Kadis).

According to Winarno, the change in the mechanism should no longer cause the same problem, namely delays in fertilizers at the beginning of the year.

“There have been changes previously per Governor, replaced by the Provincial Service and Regent or Mayor, now replaced again by the Head of Regency / City, but it’s still slow,” he said.

Therefore, KTNA as the farmer’s representative asked the local government to immediately issue a decree so that farmers would not be forced to buy fertilizer at non-subsidized prices.

There is also the Ministry of Agriculture to increase the allocation of subsidized fertilizers in 2021 to 9 million tons plus 1.5 million liters of liquid organic fertilizer to meet farmers’ needs.


Source: Suara.com – Kumpulan Berita Bisnis Hari Ini Yang Terbaru by www.suara.com.

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