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Withdrawing soldiers from rice fields urgent

  • Ihsannudin and Subejo

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Yogyakarta   /   Thu, February 15, 2018   /  10:41 am
Withdrawing soldiers from rice fields urgent Paddy field, ready to harvest, at North Sumatra. (Shutterstock/File)

The Indonesia Military (TNI) has a new commander, with Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto replacing Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, who is retiring soon. As the new chief of an institution with a strong, disciplinary approach toward the chain of command, it is not surprising that the public is curious about Hadi’s policies, including his policy on agricultural development. The military’s direct involvement in agriculture began when Gatot was the Army chief of staff. Gatot and the agriculture minister signed a memorandum of understanding in January 2015 on a special effort to increase rice, corn and soybean production. The minister then issued a regulation that served as a guideline on accelerated activities for food self-sufficiency that justified the TNI’s involvement. The regulation stipulated the scope of the TNI’s activities, including the development of agricultura...

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