JAKARTA –PT. Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (BNI) in cooperation with the village-owned enterprises (BUMDes) and private companies, develop the economy of the shrimp farmers in Lampung Province. Through the cooperation of the three parties, the farmers obtain financing and market certainty that can accommodate their harvested shrimp.
BNI also expand the network, in purpose to bring banking services closer to shrimp farmers community, by raising BUMDes as “LakuPandai BNI” agents.
The signing of a cooperation agreement between BNI with the private sector, in this case, shrimp farm development company PT. Central Prima protein (CPP) and the State BUMDes Jaya 46 held in East Lampung, Lampung, on October 18th, 2016. The signing was done by Minister of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration (PDTT) EkoPutroSandjojo, and Deputy President Director of BNI Suprajarto.
On the same occasion, BNI distributed “Kredit Usaha Rakyat” (KUR) to farmers or BUMDes to ensure the business operation of shrimp mining at a lower level. To increase the capacity of BUMDes, BNI also provides the certificate of appointment to BUMDes as “Agen46” or “LakuPandai” agent developed by BNI with the Indonesia Financial Services Authority (OJK) in developing literacy and financial inclusion in the village area, which has limited access to financial institutions.
In this cooperation agreement, CPP will act as the main off-taker for the harvest, and will provide cultivating technical assistance to the farmerswho have partnered with CPP. BNI role in offering credit facilities and other banking services to BUMDes and/or farmers in partnership, accordance with applicable regulations in BNI. BUMDes role as a regulator container activities of the perpetrators of shrimp farms, as well as coordinating the activities of farmers in aquaculture shrimp.
On that occasion, BNI distributes KUR to 30 people as a form of support for lower economic development. Five of the KUR receivers are shrimp farmers in partnership with CPP, each of them receiving KUR approximately of Rp300 million.
"Giving KUR to shrimp farmers, sugar cane farmers and cattle ranchers are consistent with the government's priority program, which focuses on agricultural (including livestock and plantations) as well as marine and maritime. Onwards, BNI will focus on these priority programs, including tourism and manufacturing sectors, "said Suprajarto in a press release received by Investor Daily, Tuesday (18/10).
BNI also distributes KUR to 10 corn farmers who have partnered with PT. VashamKosa Sejahtera, each between Rp 3 million to Rp 13 million per person.
In addition, there are five cattle farmers and five sugarcanefarmers were getting KUR from BNI. Five ofthe cattle farmer is a partner of PT. Great Giant Livestock,who were also signed cooperation agreements with BNI. Likewise, five sugarcane farmers who are partners of PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) VII District BungaMayang. PT PTPN VII District BungaMayang also signed a cooperation agreement with BNI. (Th)