Indonesia optimizes land and plant corn in coconut plantations
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Published Nov 19, 2023
The Ministry of Agriculture in Indonesia is boosting corn production by utilizing coconut plantation land. This integrated planting of corn and coconut aims to increase domestic corn production and reduce the need for imports. The Ministry is making special efforts to increase rice and corn production in North Sulawesi Province and hopes that this integration will lead to more efficient land use, increased productivity, and higher incomes for farmers.
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Corn planting is an effort to optimize coconut land to increase national corn production. "Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman is optimistic that optimizing the acceleration of the planting period can secure and increase food production, as well as be a path to self-sufficiency," said the Director of Seasonal and Annual Crops, M Rizal Ismail, who represented the Director General of Plantations, Andi Nur Alam Syah, who planted corn regularly. integration into coconut plantations. Rizal explained that currently national food stocks, especially rice, are still very limited, so to maintain the availability and balance of food, rice and corn commodities must be met through imports. This is the impact of El Nino and geopolitical wars which have an impact on world food availability, so the impact is also felt by Indonesia. "For this reason, special efforts need to be made to increase food production quickly and precisely. Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture is boosting corn ...