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Jokowi bags farmer association's support

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 25, 2019   /  11:40 pm
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Farmers in Pati, Central Java, prepare rice seedlings for transplantation in a nursery plot. (Antara/Yusuf Nugroho)

Indonesian Farmer Association (HKTI) chairman Moeldoko, also the presidential chief of staff, has declared that the HKTI, touted as the largest in the country, would support President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in his re-election bid this year. "With our political rights, we therefore declare our full support for President Jokowi to continue improving the welfare of Indonesian farmers," Moeldoko said at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday, when Jokowi welcomed hundreds of HKTI representatives to open the association's national coordination meeting (Rakornas). Moeldoko cited the incumbent's agrarian reforms as the grounds for the HKTI's support, claiming that land redistribution, village funds and infrastructure development, among other programs, had helped improve farmers' welfare and enhance food security in the country. This was not the first t...