Measuring Potential Import Substitution of Food and Beverage Products

Summary

The Industry Ministry targets the import substitution of food and beverage products by 2022 to reach 35 percent. Controlling food and beverage imports is one of the efforts to encourage the domestic food industry's growth.

Director-General of Agro-Industry at the Ministry of Industry, Abdul Rochim, said the import substitution policy was not anti-import. If the food and beverage products cannot be replaced by local products and are still needed by the industry, imports are still allowed.

In the Fifth Jakarta Food Security Summit (JFSS) organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) in collaboration with Katadata on Thursday (11/19), Abdul revealed that the import value of the food and beverage industry in the January-September 2020 period reached US$8.22. billion or Rp 116 trillion. Several imported food and beverage products can be reduced, such as milk, processed fruit, sugarcane-based food, and corn commodities. The value reaches Rp 3.6 trillion.

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