Indonesia To Develop 1.6 Million Hectares in Papua for Rice Culitivation
Indonesia has announced plans to develop 1.6
million hectares of undeveloped land in the far southern tip of
Papua for rice cultivation, aimed at making Indonesia
self-sufficient and a net exporter of rice. The program includes
building roads and irrigation systems, and three ports in the
area of the city of Merauke. Agriculture Minister Anton
Apriyantono said that Indonesia is "set to place itself in the
ranks of major rice suppliers of the world."
As reported last week, the Philippines has just announced
the development of 1 million hectares of government land for rice
and corn, to be developed by San Miguel of the Philippines and
the Kuok Group of Malaysia.
A consortium of Saudi investors is going to invest about $65
million in the Papua project. Each investor will open about
5-10,000 hectares. The plan was worked out on the sidelines of
the Rome FAO conference in June.