Bayer and PISAgro Support Government in the Field of Food Security
Bayer CropScience Indonesia (BCS), as a member of PISAgro (Partnership for Indonesia’s Sustainable Agriculture) participated actively in the 3rd Jakarta Food Security Summit (JFSS) conducted by KADIN (Kamar Dagang dan Industri ndonesia/Chamber of Commerce and Industry Indonesia) on February 12th-14th 2015 at JCC Jakarta. JFSS officially opened by President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, accompanied with Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs of Indonesia, Sofyan Djalil and representatives of KADIN on February 12th 2015. The event entitled "Empowerment of Farmers, Ranchers, and Fishermen through Cooperative towards Food Security" was held to support Indonesian government's efforts for the improvement in food sector, especially in food production and productivity.
This active role is part of BCS commitment to support the government's efforts through the provision of crop protection technology, which is also one of PISAgro missions. BCS is one of seven private companies in Indonesia that co-founded the organization, which was founded in June, 2011 and inaugurated by Bayu Krisnamurthi (served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture at that time) and Mahendra Siregar (served as Deputy Minister of Trade at that time). This organization aims to increase the agricultural productivity by 20% and farmers' income by 20%, also decreases the glasshouse gas emissions by 20% in each decade.
Country Division Head of Bayer CropScience Indonesia Eric Tesson said, "More than 40 million farmers grow crops in the area of 20 million hectares all over Indonesia. It’s not easy to reach them all for any company or organization. The joint efforts through cross-sector partnerships PISAgro becomes very important because we are all aware that the need of farmers is so diverse and solutions they need should be able to meet those needs. We believe that in order to support farmers, the efforts should be comprehensive and able to meet the diverse needs of farmers in Indonesia."
Through a partnership with PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera (TPS)―as the producer of premium rice―in PISAgro’s Rice Working Group program, BCS has been active in West Java and Central Java rice farming since 2013, with a partnership area in 2014 up to 3,000 hectares. Coverage of this area will be increased to 40,000 hectares in 2015 and 800,000 hectares in 2020. While for the number of farmers who became the target of this program will be increased to 120,000 farmers in 2015 and to 2.6 million rice farmers in 2020, with the target of yield and farmers' minimum income is increased to 20% per hectare.
CEO of PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera Joko Mokoginta stated that by this strategic partnership, yields have been increased by 16% (or 0.9 tons of grain per hectare) and farmers' income by 30% (or IDR 15 million per hectare per season).
Su'eb (53), a rice farmer from Kotasari Village, Subang, West Java, has proven the benefits of the PISAgro program. Since December 2012, when he joined this partnership program, Su'eb has gotten a lot of additional knowledge through training and education done by BCS in the use of plant protection technology. For the result, Su'eb managed to increase the yields up to 9.7 tons per hectare with an excellent quality that can be sold to PT Tiga Pilar Sejahtera at a higher price and satisfying.
"From Bayer CropScience, I’ve learned that the excessive use of pesticides can lead to pests’ resistance, as well as endangering the condition of the soil and the plant itself. To obtain high productivity and good quality of rice, I followed the recommendations given on the use of pesticides and fertilizers. And then, my crops increased 17% more than other farmers in my village. My rice are bought at a satisfying price by Tiga Pilar Sejahtera so my income is also increased. In the future, I will definitely continue to apply the method recommended by the work program of PISAgro's Rice Working Group," he said.
A similar statement was also delivered by Didik, a rice farmer who had the opportunity to discuss with President Joko Widodo in the 3rd JFSS event. "The cooperation with Bayer and TPS gives me and my farmer friends a lot of benefits. Bayer provides education and guidance on how to practice farm well so that we can get more yields with a high quality. While TPS helps by buying our rice yields with a higher price. We still currently need support from government in the provision of planting and harvesting machines."