JAKARTA, 6 June (JDN.id) – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Indonesia agreed to strengthen cooperation in a special effort programme to increase production of some basic food commodities, the specialized agency of the United Nations with missions to tackle hunger problems in the world said.
The special programme refers to the government’s effort to set it a priority to secure basic commodities such as rice, maize and beef. Indonesia is currently embracing a more market-oriented side of the sector, including diversification of production systems as well as rural poverty eradication.
“We discussed the government’s agricultural priorities, including UPSUS with its strategic efforts to increase production and ensure the availability of some principal commodities. We also discussed national programs to develop smallholder production of plantation/estate crops, and efforts to increase livestock production in Indonesia. We noted that in some cases, these programs have increased national production so that it exceeds domestic consumption,” Minister Sulaiman said, as quoted in the FAO statement.
enter site FAO said Stephen Rudgard expressed FAO’s appreciation for the ministry’s achievements and reaffirmed the organization’s support to the Ministry’s principal programmes, especially in providing technical advice and policy assistance.
“FAO always stands ready to support the Ministry of Agriculture, especially in providing technical assistance as needed, based on FAO lesson learned to almost 200 member countries. In the context of agricultural development, smallholder farmers play a very important role, and need to be empowered”, Rudgard said as quoted in the statement.
go to link The meeting also discussed plans to conduct joint field visits to examine and explore opportunities for collaboration.
Rudgard said FAO will can offer to bring an expert team to Indonesia to discuss the government’s priorities in water management, and particularly in efficient use of water to boost agricultural production.
Indonesia has been a member of FAO since 1949 and the organization’s representative in Indonesia was established in 1979. The country has enjoyed cooperations with FAO through varios projects and programs, including in the food and agriculture sectors, animal health, fisheries, and forestry.
FAO said currently there are more than 650 projects and programs have been implemented by the FAO throughout Indonesia with the assistance of more than 1,600 local and international experts as well as consultants.