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RI needs more research to boost productivity

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 15 2019   /  01:56 am
Good old ways: A woman ties and sun-dries paddy in Situ Mulia village, Banten, in April 2008. Farmers in the area still use traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Good old ways: A woman ties and sun-dries paddy in Situ Mulia village, Banten, in April 2008. Farmers in the area still use traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)Indonesia has been known for centuries as an agricultural hub with an abundant crop potential, but it must improve its agricultural research to boost productivity and food security for its large and growing population.According to a study conducted by the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), rice consumption in Indonesia will increase to 99.55 kilograms per capita by 2045 from 97.6 kg per capita in 2017. The figure assumes that the population will grow to about 300 million in 2045.However, challenges persist as Agriculture Ministry data shows that rice productivity was only 51.92 percent, and Indonesia only ranked 65 out of 113 in the overall Global Food Security Index (GSFI) las...