Government forms partnership with public, private companies

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 11:45

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said on Wednesday that the government has formed a partnership system involving private and public companies, named Cooperation for Sustainable Indonesian Agriculture (PISAgro).

"Under the same program, we have conducted cooperation with private multinational companies to develop seven commodities, including milk, soybean, corn, coffee, palm oil, cocoa and rice," he said, adding that the cooperation scheme should be supported by further innovations as well as consumption pattern to elevate production increase to apprehend growing global food scarcity.

Another part of the scheme is the decision to join other international cooperation, including the ASEAN plus Three Emergency Rice Recovery (APTERR) whose goal is to distribute up to 25,000 tons of rice stock to all Asean countries plus three other countries.

Indonesia has also joined the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework (AIFS), Strategic Plan of Action of Food Security in the ASEAN Region (SPAFS) and OECD Global Forum to actively involve in the efforts to cut import dependency. (eaz)

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