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Jakarta Post

Suswono, a man with a big dream for farmers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2009   /  01:24 pm

Newly appointed Agriculture Minister Suswono has a big dream: To bring prosperity to all Indonesian farmers. Suswono's dream is not made of air. He graduated from the country's most prestigious center for agriculture studies, the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB), where he earned a master's degree in agricultural management. After his studies, Suswono went on to become a teacher, one of his pet passions. Among his jobs was teaching at an Islamic high school in Bogor and later becoming a lecturer at IPB and Ibnu Chaldun University, also in Bogor, West Java. He has also implemented his expertise in agriculture by serving as an adviser to the forestry minister from 1999 to 2001. During the same period, Suswono was active as a member of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). "The government has to help farmers through agriculture reform, giving farmers more land so they c...