Sun, 30 Mar 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government`s food security program is facing various challenges, including the shrinkage of farm land due to development of residential areas, a minister said.

"This is a logical consequence of population growth which requires housing as one of the basic needs," Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie said in his address to the national food congress of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Saturday.

He said the program aimed at improving farm production through the provision of high-yiedling seeds, fertilizers, and post-harvest management guidance always topped the list of the government`s priorities.

"In addition, the government has also spent a great deal of budget funds on developing and maintaining agricultural infrastructure facilities," he said.

The other challenge that must draw attention from the government and the business world was how to anticipate climate anomaly as a result of climate change, he said.

"Climate change will have an impact on the planting pattern. The frequent floods that recently affected parts of the country had an impact on harvests due to the reduced area of farm land that could be planted," he said.

The fulfilment of demand for food was closely related to the availability of food. The more the country could make food available, the more the need for food could be fulfilled, he said.
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Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by viperaberushitam
If the thought of food shortages (and unaffordability of food) had crossed the "powers that be" minds instead of dollars crossing their palms maybe they would reconsider the currents thoughts on exporting rice and rather keep the precious grain here for their own people at an affordable price..........


Grain prices worldwide have increased 30% recently and Egypt just made it a law to export rice so as to keep the prices down for the locals..........


Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
of course, the looming world grain crisis is good news for countries like australia. if they can overcome the effects of global warming.

i am thinking that this could be a good time to start investing in agricultural land.


Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Dilli
 Quote:
i am thinking that this could be a good time to start investing in agricultural land


In Jaksa? What grows there apart from ignorance, pestilence and doom?


Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
 Originally Posted By: Dilli
 Quote:
i am thinking that this could be a good time to start investing in agricultural land


In Jaksa? What grows there apart from ignorance, pestilence and doom?

i was thinking of pasturing dairy goats in the paddock between jaksa and sabang.


Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by viperaberushitam
well considering that area of town and the various embassies and state govt. departments you will be knee deep in fertilizer...........


Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
 Originally Posted By: Dilli
In Jaksa? What grows there apart from ignorance, pestilence and doom?


Despair.


Sun, 30 Mar 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by kenyeung
 Originally Posted By: KuKuKaChu
i was thinking of pasturing dairy goats in the paddock between jaksa and sabang.


That paddock, once a communal dump and makeshift vegetable garden/park - is now being developed into something distinctly non-paddock like, no?



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