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Jakarta Post

Food estate program under way despite setbacks: Jokowi

  • Rizki Fachriansyah


Jakarta   /   Sat, September 26 2020   /  01:00 am
Field work: Farmers use tractors to plow rice fields in Belanti village in the Central Kalimantan regency of Pujang Pisau, which the government has designed as a food estate, on Sept. 4. Agriculture is one of few sectors that has grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Antara/Makna Zaezar)

The government has determined that the country’s food estate will be primarily developed in Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra, bringing the program closer to fruition amid concerns over a food crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revealed on Wednesday that the development of the food estate in Kapuas regency and Pulau Pisau regency, Central Kalimantan and in Humbang Hasundutan regency, North Sumatra was already under way. In addition, the government had started the early stages of food estate development in several other provinces, such as Papua, East Nusa Tenggara and South Sumatra, he said. “There has been progress in the field, despite a number of issues that immediately need to be resolved, such as matters related to land ownership in the food estate area,” the President said, adding that he would discuss lan...