Minister of Agriculture (Mentan) Syahrul Yasin Limpo reminded, the livestock industry is entering a new era, namely the industrial era 4.0 which uses more technology. This industry 4.0 trend demands changes made by every industry, one of which is the livestock business.

“The presence of the 4.0 industrial revolution in the livestock sector has benefits in the form of improving productivity, encouraging income growth and increasing the need for skilled workers,” said Syahrul in Sidrap Regency, South Sulawesi Province,

He hopes that in the future there will be more factory farms that will start developing industry 4.0 from upstream to downstream to compete with developed countries.

“This is good, I hope to be made a super priority. Because this nation needs us and is needed by foreign nations, why do we take it from other nations when we are strong and have everything,” he explained.

He conveyed that the key to success in entering the era of the industrial revolution 4.0 was the achievement of efficiency and productivity. This 4.0 industrial revolution will first penetrate the poultry business, especially the feed business which is part of the poultry business.

“Therefore, the feed industry must be able and ready to adapt to these advances,” said Syahrul.

Based on the Altech Global Feed Survey, during 2021 global feed production growth is estimated to be only 1%, with total production reaching 1,187.7 million metric tons.

This survey shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the level of feed production globally. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic also turned out to be affecting businesses globally with the development of e-commerce, namely the online feed business.

On the other hand, Syahrul said, the current situation, especially in Indonesia, feed is the largest component in livestock cultivation, especially poultry. There are about 60-70 percent of the total cost of production.

For example, throughout 2020 national feed production will reach 18.9 million tons and in 2021 it is estimated to reach 19.8 million tons or it is projected that feed production will grow 4.8%. Of the 19.8 million tons, about 90% is absorbed by the poultry industry.

“Nevertheless, because there are still 35% imported components in feed production, feed prices are relatively vulnerable to changes in international prices and changes in the rupiah exchange rate,” added the Minister of Agriculture SYL.

If referring to the data from the Association of Animal Feed Companies (GPMT), the total number of feed factories in Indonesia is 92 factories with an installed capacity of 24,260 million tons.

The feed production centers are recorded in Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Banten, South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, North Sumatra, Lampung and West Sumatra.