Expert: Indonesia needs to maximize appropriate food production

Market & Price Trends
Innovation & Technology
Published Apr 14, 2024

Tridge summary

Professor Antonius Suwanto from the Bogor Agricultural Institute advocates for Indonesia to focus on maximizing the production of native food items like corn, rice, mangosteen, rambutan, and durian to gain a competitive edge in the global market, drawing inspiration from Thailand's durian export success. He also supports a selective import policy for foods like soybeans under certain conditions, emphasizing the government's careful consideration of such policies. This comes amidst a decrease in the value of Indonesia's exports in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries in 2023, despite an increase in overall export volume.
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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Professor at the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) Antonius Suwanto said that Indonesia must be able to maximize the production of food ingredients that have a high level of suitability for growing domestically. Such as corn, rice, mangosteen, rambutan and durian. "Don't force commodities, it's a utopia. We also have to look at the reality of whether it has an impact on farmers so that farmers can also become more prosperous," said IPB Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology Antonius Suwanto. Antonius said that by maximizing food production that has a high level of suitability to the climate in the country, food crops can become superior products (absolute advantage) that provide advantages for Indonesia in the international market. He conveyed that one example of a country that maximizes food production in accordance with regional conditions is Thailand. According to him, the country can make big profits by becoming the best durian ...
Source: Republika
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