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The Importance of Overcoming Inequality in Food Productivity Between Regions

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Jakarta, – Center for Indonesian Policy Studies researcher Indra Setiawan emphasized the importance of overcoming the inequality of food productivity between regions in order to improve the food security of the archipelago.

“The development of important crop productivity, such as rice and corn, which tend to stagnate in recent years can be overcome by spurring productivity increases outside Java,” Indra Setiawan told reporters, Tuesday (17/8).

Data from the Central Statistics Agency shows that the productivity of rice produced in Java is 23 percent higher than the productivity of rice outside Java.

In addition, the average productivity of rice farmers outside Java only reached 45.78 quintals GKG per hectare, lower than the productivity of rice farmers in Java, which was 56.42 quintals GKG per hectare.

As a result, although the rice harvested area outside Java contributed to around 50 percent of the total national rice harvested area which reached 10.68 million hectares in 2019, the contribution of farmers outside Java to national rice production was only 44 percent.

“The potential for increased productivity from outside Java can be boosted through the use of superior fertilizers and seeds, agricultural mechanization, as well as increasing access and improving irrigation networks,” said Indra Setiawan.

“As reported, climate change and inequality will still be challenges faced by Indonesia in 2045,” said Chairman of the DPP Golkar Party Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta, Tuesday (10/8).

Touching on the issue of inequality, Airlangga Hartarto argues that one of the reasons is because there are still groups of people who do not have access and adapt to technological developments.

“Potential inequality in health and education caused by the inability to adapt to rapid technological developments, contributes to increasing inequality between community groups,” said Airlangga, who also serves as Coordinating Minister for the Economy.

There are at least three main steps proposed by Airlangga to face various problems and challenges in 2045, namely human development and mastery of technology, sustainable and inclusive economic development, and lastly strengthening social resilience and national values.

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