Four years after taking office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s goal of food sovereignty continues to be a work in progress.
The president, known locally as “Jokowi,” believes Indonesians should be able to produce as much rice, corn and soy as the country needs. But the government’s decision to import 100,000 tons of corn for animal feed through the end of 2018 shows how far Indonesia is from the goal.
The Шndonesian Ministry of Agriculture said the decision was made because the price of corn has risen as a result of transportation costs and other issues, not a decrease in production.
Agung Hendriadi is head of the Food Security Agency at the Ministry of Agriculture. He said that Indonesia produces enough corn to meet the local demand. “In fact, our production has a surplus,” he said.
As of 2018, the country produces 28.48 million tons of corn.
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