Indonesia free from hunger

19:26, October 15, 2010      

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Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said on Friday that Indonesia had been free from hunger, but there were some spots still vulnerable on lacking of foods.

The minister said that the country's food supply had increased for the last five years with the rise of 0.4 percent annually. The amount of foods consumed also rose, he said. "Indonesia has addressed the problem of hunger, but there are some areas that are vulnerable from food insufficiency," Krisnamurthi said..

Indonesia is a vast archipelago country with over 17,500 islands and about 238 million population. Most of the population live in agriculture sector and most of them rely much on rice as staple food.

The government has targetted self sufficency of rice in within several years.

In the last several years Indonesia's rice output growth had exceeded its target of 3.2 percent er year, but this year it is expected to grow by 1.17 percent less than the target due to extreme weather, head of State Logisitc Agency Sutarto Alimoesro has said.

The minister said that Indonesia would commemorate the World Food Day on Oct. 16 in Lombok island in eastern part of the country three days after the date.

Source: Xinhua


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