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Jakarta Post

Govt to develop 30,000 ha of farmland in North Sumatra

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Farmers is harvesting rice with a new machine in Sleman Regency Yogyakarta, Wednesday 1 April 2020 . The rice harvest which was attended by Sleman Regent Sri Purnomo was to check food stock during the civil emergency due to the Coronavirus outbreak. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

The government is planning to develop 30,000 hectares (ha) of farmland in Humbang Hasundutan district, North Sumatra, next year in an effort to secure the country’s food supply, a senior official has said.

A variety of crops will be grown on the land, including garlic, shallots and potatoes, according to the soil’s potential, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin said.

The plan seeks to address the government’s concerns about a looming food crisis as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, heeding an earlier warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“The global supply chain is threatened by export restrictions. The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting food distribution at home and is hitting people’s purchasing power,” Syahrul said in a virtual briefing on Monday. “We need the right strategy so...