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Jakarta Post

Planned food estate expansion stokes environmental concerns

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 5, 2021   /  01:44 pm
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A worker plows land designated for a government food estate in Tewai Baru, Gunung Mas regency, Central Kalimantan, on March 6. (Antara/Makna Zaezar)

In response to successful first harvests of the country’s recently developed food estates, the government is planning to expand the agricultural program, raising concerns about its environmental impact and ability to address food security issues. The government reported in March that 215 hectares of the Humbang Hasundutan food estate in North Sumatra had seen their first harvests. Some 100 ha of shallots, 50 ha of garlic and 50 ha of potatoes had been planted. Per hectare, the estate yielded 15 tons of potatoes, 5.8 tons of shallots and 5.8 tons of garlic – figures that the government said were above the national average. The government is now planning to expand the North Sumatran food estate by up to 1,000 ha by the end of year. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the agricultural area would be expanded to 20,000 ha by ...