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Capacity building for farmers key to Jokowi’s land reform agenda

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 5 2017   /  12:42 am

Many have welcomed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ambitious land reform plan, which is believed to help alleviate poverty and inequality.

The President’s flagship program, however, has also met with criticism, with some saying it may stall unless it is complemented by capacity building programs for farmers and infrastructure improvements.

“This land reform agenda will fail if we are only talking about land redistribution without deeper analysis,” Ahmad Erani Yustika, the director general for development and empowerment of villages at the Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry, said on Thursday.

Sending farmers to new areas and giving them new plots of land to cultivate without preparing them or the surrounding infrastructure would be “suicidal,” Ahmad added.

“The farmers would definitely fail,” he said.

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