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Indonesia: President Jokowi emphasized not to force Papuans to grow rice or eat rice

Jokowi: Jangan Paksa Orang Papua Tanam Padi, Makan Nasi!
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Jun 22, 2022
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Jokowi said this at the PDIP National Working Meeting in Jakarta today.
Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that there should no longer be parties who force Papuans to grow rice or eat rice. Speaking at the 2022 PDIP National Working Meeting, Jokowi assessed that each region has its own characteristic staple food and there is no permanent obligation for an area to eat rice. "Papua, for example, the land is suitable for growing sago, the staple food tradition is also sago. We shouldn't be forced to eat rice, eat rice, and we are forced to plant rice, to eat rice," said Jokowi, Tuesday (21/6/2022). Jokowi also gave an example such as the East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) area which is more suitable for growing and consuming sorghum. The government has also planted sorghum on an area of 40 hectares in Waingapu, NTT. "Previously, residents in NTT grew sorghum or cantel, but shifted to rice, this is where the mistake is," said Jokowi. ...
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