Wed, 18 May 2011

TEMPO Interactive, Makassar:German Ambassador Norbert Bass says he will work to develop the agro-industry in South Sulawesi. A modernization team will be formed to provide consultation on equipment, experts and trade.

“There are many Germans here who can support agro-business economic development," said Norbert after meeting with South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo in Makassar on Monday.

The meeting was also attended by economic advisor Amal Natsir, Regional Investment Board chief Irman Yasin Limpo and South Sulawesi Health Office chief Rahmat Latief.

The German government, said Norbert, would send an expert team to study the economic potential of the agro-industry in the province. The team will advise the German government and investors on the province’s agro-industry.

The experts, he continued, would provide recommendations about modernization in the agriculture and plantation sectors. The utilization of modern machines will be also applied in the cocoa-producing province.

The agriculture and plantation sectors, said Norbert, would be the most attractive for German investors looking at South Sulawesi. Germany is also interested in mining production in the area, he added.

Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo said the provincial government was very interested in the offer to modernize agro-industry technology in the province because German agricultural technology was undoubtedly advanced.

The provincial government has promised to follow up on the meeting. “Germany is looking for an area for the investment. This will reinforce the green agro-industry,” he said.

The governor said that agro-industry investment had been going according to plan so far. Chinese investors have also supported the agro-industry by building a rice dryer silo in Bulukumba, Luwu Utara, Luwu and Bone. The government plans to build 24 dryer silos in all regencies in the province.

He expects the plan to create an agro-industry area in the province within the next three years.