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Indonesia pledges to `feed the world'

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 30 2010   /  12:54 pm

Indonesia has reiterated its commitment to becoming a major global food producer by boosting the production of 15 key food commodities. Fransiscus Wilerang, head of the Permanent Committee for Food Resilience at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said Friday that the successful implementation of the program could contribute at least US$101.5 billion to the country's revenues for the 2010-2014 period. The 15 food commodities, Fransiscus said, included four "strategic" ones - rice, corn, sugar and soybeans - and six "key" commodities, consisting of palm oil, tea, coffee, cocoa, tuna and shrimp. Other categories are "nutritious" (beef and poultry), and "local popular" products (mangos, bananas and oranges). The 10 strategic and key commodities are part of the government's 2009-2014 road map for food development. The plan aims to, among others, ...