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Jakarta Post

RI needs to use more hybrid seeds to boost rice production

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 8 2019   /  02:14 am

Indonesia needs to increase the use of hybrid seeds as part of its long-term national food strategy to meet a surge in rice demand, the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) has said.CIPS further recommended that the government give more support to hybrid rice research centers that are seeking to create new variants of hybrid seeds by, for example, offering them incentives.By supporting these researchers, Indonesia can reduce its dependence on imported hybrid seeds, CIPS senior researcher Indra Krishnamurti said in a discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday.“In the future, the sustainability of local research can maintain and expand the development of hybrid rice in Indonesia,” Indra said during his presentation of a report titled “Prospects and Challenges of Hybrid Rice in Indonesia”.According to CIPS’ study, rice consumption in Indonesia will increase to 99.08 kilograms per cap...