3. Government Assures of Sufficient Rice Supply for 2021
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo assured on Thursday that Indonesia has enough supply of rice for 2021 despite the possibility of extreme weather affecting the food production in the planting season.
To anticipate the extreme weather, Syahrul said, the ministry has carried out some programs, including planting acceleration, providing water supply, and validating the weather by using data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
“We always have issues with weather and pests, therefore we work together with BMKG. Hopefully, this can go well, and not only rice is fulfilled but also other commodities will always be available,” Syahrul said in a statement on December 31.
He said that the country’s success in maintaining food availability is the main asset in the 2021 programs. Therefore, the work approach taken must be effective and efficient.
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