Lahat, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Minister of Agriculture H Suswono said that the government is trying to become self-sufficient in soybean by 2014, and develop Lahat in South Sumatra, as its barn.
The minister said this in a working visit and soybean grand harvest in Pagarjati village, Kikim Selatan subdistrict, Lahat, on Monday.
He said that of all the raising soybean locations in Indonesia, Lahat was the only area with good harvests. Production of each hectare of land increased from 1.3 tons to 2.6 tons.
He said that the progress and achievement were made by an integrated planting and management, farmland expansion, secured production and institutional promotion.
"And the agriculture ministry also needs to be more focused on funding, with the consistent support of the South Sumatra provincial and Lahat administrations," he said.
He added that the South Sumatra provincial administration and the Lahat regency administration also need to build and expand new planting areas into new soybean centers in South Sumatra and in other parts of the country as well.
In the meantime, South Sumatra Governor H Alex Noerdin said the provincial administration will support all government policies and those from Lahat regency administration as well, especially with regard to the development of culture of soybean.(*)