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Food and Horticulture Crop Productivity in Indonesia

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Kadir Ruslan

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Indonesia is faced with the challenge of ever-increasing domestic food demands as a consequence of population growth and improvements in people’s purchasing power. To anticipate this, the national food production capacity should be increased through the expansion of agricultural lands and/or improvements in productivity, without which overreliance on food imports would be inevitable.

Amidst the massive rate of agricultural land conversion to non agricultural uses in recent years, increasing productivity must be pursued as the main strategy to boost the national food production capacity. Statistics show that productivity trends of rice, soybean, and shallot tend to have sloped in the past few years. There is a huge opportunity to increase productivity, both for food crops and horticultural commodities. Read our recommendations.

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