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Agriculture Minister: Rp5.5 Trillion Allocated for Local Farmers
Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman. ANTARA/Puspa Perwitasari
Sunday, 13 August, 2017 | 15:34 WIB
Agriculture Minister: Rp5.5 Trillion Allocated for Local Farmers

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Agriculture Minister Pertanian Amran Sulaiman stated that government has allocated Rp5.5 trillion of budget to support farmers’ productivity in developing local fruit and food.

"The President has instructed such an allocation. We will supply seedlings and fertilizers which are worth Rp 5,5 trillion starting from September to next year," he said in Jakarta on Sunday (13/8).

For seedlings in particular, Amran added that the variety would be adjusted to the specialty of each region. He also said that Indonesian local fruits have great potentials to be export commodities. The reason, he said, is that other countries have expressed interest in the country’s local fruits such as mango, mangosteen, and pineapple, especially four-season countries.

"Mango and mangosteen have good prospects. So does pineapple. A lot of countries have expressed their interests to our fruits including Japan, China, and Europe, there are demands for pineapple and mangosteen in such countries," the Minister concluded.




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