Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission IV is to summon its working partners in the execuive branch, including the agriculture minister, next week for discussions to solve the current soybean crisis.
"We will summon the agriculture minister to find a solution in relation with the soybean price which has been soaring during the past few weeks," House Commission IV Vice Chairman Anwar Sanusi said in a statement carried by the parliament`s website on Wednesday night.
Commission IV Chairman Totok Daryanto said the discussions with the related government officials were important and urgent as steps to overcome the soybean price spiral in the short and medium terms needed to be taken fast.
In the short term, soybean importers should be invited to a gathering to inventorize soybean stocks and in the long run efforts should be made to achieve soybean self-sufficiency, he said.
Previously, House Speaker Agung Laksono said he would encourage the government to speed up its efforts to lower the soybean price which had increased to Rp7,000 - Rp7,500 per kg.
He said the government must intensify its agriculture revitalization effrots to handle the problem.
Agung also asked the government to give priority to the solution of the soybean problem as the country was now meeting 65 percent of its need for soybean with imports.
He expressed hope that the government`s decision to scrap duties on soybean imports would really lead to the lowering of the soybean market price to Rp3,000 per kg. But he also said the import duty exemption should not be maintained for too long as it could hamper development of the domestic soybean poduction capability. (*)