Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) said Natsir Mansyur management in national food sector is very weak so that raises the cartel. Based on the search Kadin, potential strategic food cartel offender turnover reached Rp 11.34 trillion. »Nilanya not include other commodities that affect the food trade system,” he said in a statement received by Tempo, Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
According to Natsir, there are six food commodity cartel actors who worked on the beef, chicken, sugar, soy, corn, and rice. He gave an example, meat cartel will report a turnover of USD 340 billion for control of the consumption needs of 340 thousand tons. While the chicken cartel turnover of Rp 1.4 trillion for supplying 1.4 million tons.
For soybeans, the value of the cartel and its consumption needs to reach Rp 1.6 trillion and 1.6 million tons. While Sugar commodity cartels dominate the supply of 4.6 million tonnes and reap a turnover of USD 4.6 trillion. Finally, corn and rice cartel turnover respectively 2.2 and 1.2 trillion USD.
Given the turnover and cartel behavior is getting worse, Natsir ask Coordinating Minister Hatta Rajasa to overhaul the national food import regulation. He saw an imbalance of supply and demand so that the food sector is prone to speculation and cartels.
According to Natsir, this condition occurs due to the arrangement of production, distribution and trade of food is weak. Is still very centralized government as a policy trade system governed by some ministries, while local governments are more aware of the needs in the region.
Natsir also lamented the lack of control the House of Representatives. “Lawmakers need to give sanction to the Ministry which can not keep food prices, for example in the form of budget cuts,” he said.
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