Agricultural production increased significantly in 2021: Minister

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In the first quarter of 2021, the GDP of the agricultural sector increased by 2.95% year-on-year. In the third quarter of 2021, it also increased by 1.31% compared to 2020

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Agriculture sector output continued to grow in 2021, followed by the sector’s GDP growth which has been consistently positive since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the Minister of Agriculture has said. Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo.

“The agricultural sector is making a positive contribution to national economic growth and even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The formulation of strategies and programs amid the pandemic has had an impact on GDP growth in the agricultural sector (in such a way that it has steadily increased positive since 2020 and is sustainable through 2021,” the minister noted during a meeting with House Committee IV here on Monday.

The minister said that the agricultural sector’s GDP grew by 16.24% in the second quarter of 2020, while other sectors recorded negative growth due to the pandemic. He further pointed out that in the first quarter of 2021, the agricultural sector contributed 2.95% to the national economic growth.

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“In the first quarter of 2021, the GDP of the agricultural sector increased by 2.95% year-on-year. In the third quarter of 2021, it also increased by 1.31% compared to 2020,” he noted.

Limpo also listed the achievements that defined the positive growth of agricultural exports in 2021. The cumulative value of exports for the period January to December 2021 reached Rs. to 2020, when the figure was capped at Rp 451.77 trillion.

The minister further noted that the farmers’ exchange rate also continued to improve, with the latest data showing that in December 2021 it had reached 108.34%, the highest in the past two years. The lowest rate was recorded in May 2020, reaching 99.47%.

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The Limpo noted an increase in the production of the main commodities of the agricultural sector in 2021, such as rice production, which reached 55.27 tons of dry-milled cereals, an increase of 1.13% compared to the 54.65 million tonnes of dry milled cereals in 2020.

An increase was also recorded in maize production which reached 23.04 million tons, up 0.52% compared to last year; onion production, 1.93 million tons, an increase of 6.63%; cocoa production, 750,000 tons, an increase of 1.25%; coffee, 775,000 tons, an increase of 1.71%; sugar cane production, 2.42 million tons, up 13.602%; and chicken meat production up to 3.42 million tons, an increase of 6.5 percent.

“However, the production of several other food items, such as chili, coconut and beef as well as buffalo, has declined, but not significantly,” Limpo concluded.

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