PT Pindad (Persero) again develops new products. This time they are not part of defense system (alutsista) but agricultural machinery (alsintan).
Corporate Secretary of Pindad, Bayu A Fiantoro, said Alsintan was a special program. According to him, producing alsintan was commanded directly by President of Indonesia Joko Widodo.
“Mr. Jokowi asked TNI (Indonesian Military) to be involved in developing agriculture, so the TNI asked us to make this alsintan products,” Bayu told the reporters in the production facility of Pindad, Bandung, on Tuesday (18/4).
Pindad will produce four alsintan products, namely harvesting machine for corn and rice, processing machine (Rota Tanam), soil processing machine (Amphipi) and backhoe loader tractor. All the products are currently in the stage of completion of the prototype.
“They will be launched by Mr. Jokowi in Aceh, and will be named by him,” said Bayu.
Bayu said Pindad considered the agricultural industry was a strategic opportunity. This is in line with the food security acceleration program in the Nawa Cita.
The mechanism of purchasing the products will be coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture. One option will be through the farmer organizations in various regions.
According to Bayu, Pindad will produce soil processing machines, harvesting machine for corn and rice, processing machines, and also backhoe loader tractor.
He said Pindad has the ability and capacity to mass-produce alsintan, and developing the business line of alsintan is a great opportunity.
“We can produce that, for sure, and it is essential for agricultural extensification in Indonesia,” explained Bayu.
However, Bayu declined to mention the investment value needed by Pindad to produce the machinery. According to him, all types of alsisntan are still in the stage of development of the prototype, and will be named by President Jokowi.
“Later will be launched by Mr. Jokowi in Aceh, and named by him,” said Bayu.
Meanwhile, for the alsintan sales scheme will be coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture, the initial phase will be channeled through farmer groups. “The purchase will be coordinated with the Agriculture Ministry,” he concluded.