Government allocates Rp 1 trillion to open up new paddy fields

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 08:44

The Ministry of Agriculture has allocated Rp 1 trillion worth of funds to develop a total of 100,000 ha of new paddy fields in several provinces, said Director General of Infrastructure and Supporting Facilities at the ministry Gatot Irianto.

He said on Wednesday that improving weather condition this year should help the government in meeting new paddy field target.

The government last year failed to meet the target to develop 100,000 ha of new paddy fields as achievement was only around 42,000-47,000 ha.  “It’s difficult to develop new rice fields during rainy season,” Gatot argued.

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