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Jakarta Post

Govt asked to side with small food producers

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 16 2010   /  03:40 pm

A coalition of activists is commemorating World Food Day, on Oct. 16, by demanding that the government shift focus from big food producers.

The Coordinator of the Alliance for Prosperous Villages, Tejo Wahyu Jatmiko, said Thursday that food security policies for the period 2010 to 2014 were sufficient to achieve food security, but not legally binding.

“No presidential decree or regulation has been made to ensure implementation,” he said.

He added that as a result, the government was enforcing existing laws, which benefitted investors in large-scale food production, such as the 2004 Plantation Law and the 2007 Management of Coastal Regions and Small Islands Law.

In June Agriculture Minister Suswono, who pointed to a trend toward falling rice production, suggested that Indonesians reduce their consumption of steamed rice through the “No Rice Day” progra...