Professor Etty Soesilowati’s Strategic Policies: Increasing the Competitive Powers of Indonesian Horticultural Products

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 | 8:50 WIB


Professor Etty Soesilowati was born in Malang, April 18, 1963. She completed Undergraduate Degree of Public Administration at Brawijaya University (1986) and Graduate Degree of Agriculture and Rural Development Communication at Bogor Agricultural Institute (1997), and Doctoral Education of Public Administration at Brawijaya University (2008).

She has been teaching at Semarang State University since 1989 and her courses are in international economics, rural & urban economics, public policy at the Department of Economic Development, Faculty of Economics.

In her recent research that was conducted in 2015, she managed to work with the specialist of Economy and Agriculture of UPM Serdang, Selangor Darul Ekhsan, Malaysia. The title of the research was Strategic Policies for Increasing the Competitive Powers of Indonesian Horticultural Products in ASEAN Markets.

As the chief researcher, Prof. Etty conveyed the idea in the quality and continuous availability of Indonesian superior fruits that are very uncertain, since fruit production is highly dependent on natural climate and most of the plants are cultivated in small individual lots.

In 2012, Indonesian government made a policy with restrictions on imports of fruit. Certain commodities can only go through one path by a certain import quotas.

“There are only five kinds of Indonesian fruit that have a positive index for Special Trade. They are avocado, mango, mangos teen, water melon and melon. Banana, durian and longan have a negative index of ST, which means that for three species of fruit imports are larger amounts of exports. ”

Associated with the efforts to enhance the competitive strength of Indonesian superior fruits, the researchers recommended that Indonesian Government should develop an integrated and efficient production center for superior fruits. Production centers like it might strengthen institutional-level farmers.

Prof. Etty addressed that public policies made by the government should initiate policies that will help integrate the businesses of farmers through the maximization of production lot; the revitalization of the pro-job, pro-poor, pro-growth and pro-plasma core environmental systems; the revitalization of facilities and infrastructure, reformation in both domestic and overseas markets for Indonesian fruits; harmonization of regulation and synchronization in both agribusiness and agro business.

Researches that have been done within the last three years include: Diffusion of Innovations Post Harvest Handling Organic Vegetables Products in Patemon Sub-District of Gunungpati (2013), Model of Poverty Alleviation Urban Population Through Training and Apprenticeship for Utilizing Trash to Become Functional Materials (2013), Analysis of High School in the city of Semarang Education Funding (2014), Analysis of Non-Utilization and Development of Information, Technology and Personal Communication (ICT) by Agriculture Extension Institute for Improving Food Security in Central Java (2014), and the Strategic Policies for Increasing The Competitive Powers of Indonesian Horticultural Products in ASEAN Markets (2015).

Journals that have been published by Prof. Etty Post within the last five years are the Implementation of the Sectoral Program Integrity Policy of Post-Disaster Rehabilitation of Aceh Singkil (2010), Journal of TRACES Volume 1 No.2 in 2010, Corporate Social Responsibility Model of Farmer Empowerment in Horticulture Program (2011) , JEP Journal Volume 12 No. 1 in 2011, Policy Strategies to Increase Indonesian Product Competitiveness Through the Establishment of Special Economic Zones (2012), Journal of the Management & Business Volume 11 No. 1 in 2012, the Policy Effectiveness of “Go Organic”: A Study on Implementation and Efficiency of Organic Vegetable Cultivation in Semarang Municipality (2012), Journal of Sociology Study Journal, Volume 2 6 In 2012, Integrating and Strengthening of the National Salt Industry Through Value Chain Management Policy Up-Grading (2013), Journal of European Management Journal, Volume 13 No. 1 In 2013 and Evaluation on Benefit and Development of Information and Communication Technology Agricultural Extension in Central Java (2013), Journal of the International Association of Organizational Innovation, Volume 6 No. 2 in 2013.

Prof. Etty, who is an economists and a member of the Indonesian Economists Association (ISEI) also has written several papers in several seminars, namely (1) An Integrated Model of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Genting Village, Central Java, Indonesia (2010), (2) International Seminar, WASET Venice, 24 to 25 November 2010, (3) CSR Policy Effectiveness in Horticultural Farmer Empowerment Program in Central Java (2011), National seminar, FE UII June 28, 2011, (3) Cost and Benefit on The Strategies For Increasing Global Competitiveness of Indonesia Product Through The Establishment of SEZ in Kendal Regency (2011), National Seminar, ISEI East Java Branch, October 6, 2011, (4) The Policy Effectiveness of Go Organic (2012), International Seminar, EAAERE: Bandung 2- February 4, 2012, (4) Policy Integration for Household Waste Management Through establisment of Waste Bank (2013), International Seminar, Bali, March 1t th, 2013, (5) Streghthening National Salt Industry Through Cultivation Up-grading and Product Diversification (2014 ), International Seminar, ICOMET. Tobu Hotel Narita Airport 320-1 Tokko, Narita-shi Chiba, Tokyo, Japan on 29-30 May 2014 (6) Indonesia. Competitiveness Policy Analysis and Strategies Towards Asean Economic Community 2015 (2015), International Seminar, IRSA. Napier, 2-3 June 2014, (7) Strategy for the Acceleration and extesion on Economic Development of Ende District Through Teaching by Graduate Program and Left Behind in Outermost Region (SM3T) (2015), International Seminar, INCRES. Antalya 23 to 26 April 2015, (8) Reorienting Econimics & Business in the Context of National & Global Development (2015), International Seminar, University of Malang June 13, 2015, (9) Strategic Policies for Increasing the Competitive Powers of Indonesian Product Horticultural in ASEAN Market (2015), International Seminar, Semarang 23 to 28 November 2015.

Also her book was published in 2010 under the title The Role of CSR in community building.


DIUNGGAH : Annisa Widyawati
EDITOR : Annisa Widyawati

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