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Changing rice preferences

  • Nani Afrida

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 27 2011   /  08:00 am

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurti spoke with The Jakarta Post’s Nani Afrida on rice and agricultural development policies. Below are excerpts of the interview:Question: How is the government anticipating volatility in food supplies and prices?

Answer: Such volatility has been experienced by all countries, not only Indonesia. A report from the World Bank in 2008 said that the world has not paid attention to food investment. In 2000, every country thought that the food problem was over. However, extreme climate conditions in 2007 and 2008 caused a decline in food stockpiles around the world. Since then, food supply has become an issue.

Our main strategy is to reduce connections with international traders as [international] trading is volatile and unpredictable. We must become a food self-sufficient country.

There are two important keys to attaining the go...