The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has established a task force to prevent corruption in the food sector. The task force will be assigned to the Ministry of Agriculture to coordinate and exchange information on a regular basis in order to revamp food administration.
KPK Deputy Chief Laode Muhammad Syarif said that the task force would also coordinate with the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) on corruption in the food sector, such as the cattle import bribery case several years ago.
“This has the direct support of the President,” said Laode during the celebration of the anniversary of the KPPU in Jakarta, Tuesday (7/6). (Read: KPPU Monitors Seven Importers to Prevent Food Cartel).
Laode explained that the KPK will monitor food commodity-related activities that are prone to corruption. In the past, there was corruption within the Ministry of Agriculture related to fertilizer subsidies as well as beef import quotas. Going forward, any cases more closely related to business competition will be handled by the KPPU.
He denied rumors that the task force was established because KPK already suspects corruption in food administration. On the contrary, the agency was asked by the Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman to set up the task force. “To assist the minister from the prevention aspect,” said Laode.
On the same occasion, Amran welcomed the move to maximize prevention against corruption in food administration. From the improvement angle, the ministry will work hard to cut the food distribution supply chain to minimize potential corruption in the sector.
“What’s more, the task force office is close to mine. So I can quickly consult them,” he said. (See also: Cartel Allegedly Influences National Energy Policy).