Wednesday, 19 September 2018 | 19:28 WIB

Maintaining Food Security, Agriculture Minister Focuses on Four Targets

Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman.

JAKARTA, NNC - Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman will focus on four things to maintain food security until the end of his term in 2019.

"The first target is garlic, we chase. How to restore the glory of garlic," Minister Amran said when conducting simultaneous corn planting in Pringsewu Regency, Lampung, Tuesday (9/4/2018).

Amran said that the government is accelerating to achieve garlic self-sufficiency until 2019.

The Ministry of Agriculture hopes that Indonesia can realize garlic self-sufficiency and does not need to import through the development of garlic centers.

The results of the calculation of the Ministry of Agriculture, to achieve garlic self-sufficiency it required an area of 73,000 hectares, with a production target of 600,000 tons.

In addition to garlic, the Minister of Agriculture also tried to restore the glory of the spices, one of which was by distributing spice seeds such as pepper and nutmeg at each working visit.

Regarding land, the Ministry of Agriculture also utilizes tidal swamp land for productive agriculture.

The Ministry of Agriculture also optimizes the land with cooperation between the central government, the military, local governments and the community. The land which was previously a swamp has now been planted, ready for planting, and continues to be expanded.

"It's already underway, one of them in Palembang is around 50 thousand hectares, and then in South Sumatra and South Kalimantan we are building," he said.

Amran added that the foundation for the agricultural sector was the fourth focus at the end of his position. The utilization of rainwater harvesting system is a component that must be implemented by farmers.

By utilizing rainwater, farmers should no longer experience drought during the dry season which has the potential to cause crop failure. In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture together with the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration also continues to expand ponds including deep and shallow wells throughout Indonesia.

"In the past the planting index was only once, now how to raise to twice even three times so that farmers' income also increases," Amran said reported Antara.