TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has encouraged the agricultural sector to be one of the pillars in anticipating the global economic recession that is expected to hit in 2023.
“It turns out that the agricultural sector is helping to cushion the effects of the pandemic and the food crisis,” Ma’ruf said after monitoring Guler Farm Nature in Kandawati Village, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday, October 6, 2022 .
Indonesia is rich in natural resources. Thus, he felt that innovation is needed to further boost agricultural production.
“West Papua has more than 125 varieties of bananas. It’s only in West Papua. That means we’re very rich [in natural resources] but they are underdeveloped. So I hope it will continue to be developed, there will be no wasteland and no unemployed labor,” Ma’ruf remarked.
In response to VP’s statement, Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo pledged to continue developing agricultural innovation in all regions of Indonesia. He also affirmed that the country has a fairly good food security recognized by the world.
“The International Rice Research Institute presents an award to the President for resilience and food security system in Indonesia,” Syahrul said.
Ma’ruf Amin also applauded the idea of transforming a 3-hectare paddy field into a tourist spot that offers a breathtaking view of the paddy fields, equipped with a pilot system of “digital cultivation”, a greenhouse for education public and other facilities.
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