TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government is preparing Merauke in Papua as an integrated food region or known as food estate.
Head of Research and Development Agency of the Agriculture Ministry Haryono said that Merauke has the potential of 1.2 hectare of land that can be planted with food plants such as rice.
"There’s a potential of 1.2 hectare of land in Merauke that can be planted with food plants and have good water condition,” Haryono said on Friday.
He added that from the total area of land, the government targets 1 million hectare of land to be managed in the next three years and this year, the government hopes to manage 250,000 hectare of land.
"It will be divided in to 750,000 hectares for the government and state-owned enterprises and 250,000 hectares for private sectors,” he added.
Haryono also said that this food estate is expected to contribute to the government’s plan to reach food self-sufficiency.