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Jakarta Post

Japan gives RI lessons on farming

  • Aditya Suharmoko


JAKARTA   /   Mon, February 2 2009   /  10:02 am

Cropping up: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (right) and his wife Mufidah visit an underground hydropononic farm in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, on Sunday as part of an official trip to Japan. On Tuesday, Kalla will leave for Washington to attend a session of the US Congress. ANTARA Indonesia has reached self-sufficiency in food production, but stands to learn more from nations like Japan, says Vice President Jusuf Kalla.          Kalla was speaking to reporters on Sunday during a three-day visit to Japan, as he paid a visit to Tokyo underground farm Pasona O2. “Actually, we are not too dependent anymore [on food imports], unlike three or four years ago,” Kalla said. “We have now reached self-sufficieny in rice, sugar and corn.” Pasona O2 was established in 2005 in an attempt to boost Japan’s agriculture industry amid rising urbanization and a declining int...