Indonesia: Minister of Agriculture targets Merauke to become a model area for modern agriculture

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Published Apr 18, 2024

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Indonesia's Agriculture Minister, Andi Amran Sulaiman, has initiated a transformative agricultural project in Merauke Regency, South Papua Province, aiming to revolutionize local farming practices. The project's ambitious goal is to reduce production costs by up to 60% and significantly enhance farmers' welfare. Currently, efforts are underway on 20,000 hectares of land, with a long-term target of expanding to 500,000 hectares. Key strategies include the installation of advanced pumping systems for efficient water management, increased crop planting frequencies, and the provision of modern agricultural machinery such as tractors and combine harvesters. Initiated between 2016 and 2017 in partnership with the local government, this comprehensive approach also focuses on food emergency solutions, swamp land optimization, and the cultivation of upland rice.
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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Minister of Agriculture (Mentan) Andi Amran Sulaiman targets Merauke Regency in South Papua Province to become a model area for modern agriculture that is able to reduce production costs and increase the farmers' welfare index. "Our dream for the future is to transform traditional agriculture into modern agriculture with the aim of improving farmers' welfare because we can reduce production costs by up to 60 percent," said Amran after inspecting the pumping installation in Amunkay Village, Tanah Miring District, Merauke Regency, Wednesday (17/4 /2024). As a concrete step, the Minister of Agriculture said that currently the government is working on 20 thousand hectares of land out of the total target of 500 thousand hectares in the South Papua region. Amran is optimistic that this target will be achieved in the near future considering that the Plantation Index (IP) in Merauke averages twice a season and can be increased to three times a season. "God ...
Source: Republika
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