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Jakarta Post

MIFEE must benefit indigenous Papuans, everyone

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 30 2011   /  08:00 am

The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program is very strategic in terms of the nation’s food security and energy programs.

The program is expected to produce 1.95 million tons of rice, 937,000 tons of corn, 167,000 million tons of beans, 64,000 cows, 2.5 million tons of sugar and 937,000 tons of crude palm oil (CPO) every year.

However, to make that happen MIFEE needs greater support from both investors and the local gov-ernment.

According to the Merauke Investment Promotion Board, in May 2010 principal permits to cultivate more than 2 million hectares of land areas were awarded to 36 domestic and foreign private companies.

Recently, the Agriculture Ministry reported that there were 40 investors who were awarded permits in Merauke.

On the other hand, the government is facing huge challenges to ensure that the MIFEE will benefit the...