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Jakarta Post

State firms set up joint ventures for food estate

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 12 2010   /  10:58 am

The planned large-scale commercial farming or food estate in Merauke, Papua, has attracted many investors as well as state firms, says a top government official.Deputy minister for Agro-Industry, Forestry, Pulp, Printing and Publication at the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, Agus Pakpahan, told journalists in Jakarta that 10 firms including fertilizer, fishery and agriculture companies would set up a new subsidiary named PT Energi Padi Nusantara (EPN), which would concentrate on rice-based crops in Merauke.“Energi Padi Nusantara will manage rice-based crops in Merauke. It will set up farmer-owned enterprises on 10,000 hectares of land,” Agus said.A team has already been working in Papua to support EPN activities, although the government is still conducting studies on its plans.The State-Owned Enterprises Minister Mustafa Abubakar said that EPN would cooperate with farmers that woul...