Approximately 50 representatives from across the potato value chains discussed in Jakarta last October the causes of the stagnating potato production in Indonesia. During a workshop the problems of the Indonesian potato sector were addressed and options identified to revitalize the sector. The recommendations have been presented during the economic trade mission of Dutch minister-president Rutte to Indonesia last November.
Potato production in Indonesia has been sluggish during the last 20 years while the demand for (processed) potatoes has increased dramatically over the past five years. This was the starting point for an international workshop that was organized in Jakarta last October.
Innovating the potato sector
Approximately 50 representatives from across the potato value chains discussed in Jakarta October 27 the causes of the stagnating potato production in Indonesia. This resulted in a number of recommendations to revitalize and innovate the potato sector of Indonesia. Local potato producers, supplying industry, processing industry as well as the Indonesian Government were present, including a delegation of potato companies from the Netherlands. The agricultural councilor in Jakarta Mrs. Lucie Wassink opened the workshop and referred to the available potato expertise in the Netherlands and the various existing collaborations between Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Value chain approach
The morning program consisted of a plenary session and short pitches of private companies. The afternoon was reserved for group discussions on various themes identified during the plenary session: seed potatoes, potato cultivation and potato processing. In the closing plenary session the various groups presented their findings and concrete recommendations to improve the potato sector of Indonesia.
Trade mission Indonesia
The results of the workshop have been summarized in a policy brief, which was presented during the economic trade mission of Dutch minister-president Rutte to Indonesia from 21 to 24 November. The workshop was organized by the vegIMPACT program in collaboration with the Agri-Profocus network.