Namibian President Appreciates Indonesia Rice Self-Sufficiency and Corn Exports

By : Wiyanto Dan Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, September 01 2018 - 19:00 IWST

Menteri Pertanian Andi Amran Sulaiman dan Presiden Namibia
Menteri Pertanian Andi Amran Sulaiman dan Presiden Namibia

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Indonesians with various countries in Africa have an inner closeness if they glance from past history. That closeness has been built since the Soekarno administration.

Seeing this, of course the collaboration between Indonesia and various African countries is expected to work well. With the economy in the African continent that continues to grow and develop, of course this is an attraction for Indonesia to enter the African market.

Namibian President Hage Gottfried, one of the countries in southern Africa, made a state visit to Indonesia. President Hage visited Indonesia in order to increase cooperation in terms of infrastructure to agriculture. This visit was the first visit since President Hage Gottfried was elected in 2015.

President Hage, who brought several delegations including the Minister in charge of Agriculture, emphasized Indonesia's ability to maintain domestic food availability to meet the consumption of the Indonesian people. Before leaving for his country, President Hage met with Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman, who departed from his country from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta, Saturday (01/09/2018).

President Hage specifically appreciated Indonesia, which is able to meet the 250 people's food while Namibia, which has a population of 2 million, is still imported from other countries. In addition President Hage appreciated Indonesia, which is now capable of self-sufficiency in rice and exports corn with an irrigation system in good rice fields without being affected by the season.

In the future there will be some cooperation that will be followed up especially in agriculture. "We are also building future cooperation, namely how to change the dry land into productive, how to raise the planting index from one to two, from two to three times," said Amran.

President Hage is interested in developing dry land in Indonesia. Minister Amran had said that the use of technology on dry land in Indonesia had gone through comprehensive and sustainable technology. "Now we build rain water harvesting technology, embungs, deep wells, shallow wells then small dam, agricultural mechanization and quality seeds," explained Minister Amran.

Regarding quality seeds, Minister Amran will offer Namibia to use corn seeds from Indonesia. For comparison, Namibia's maize has productivity of 3 - 4 tons per ha, while in Indonesia there are already capable of reaching 10 tons per ha. "Our corn has reached 10 tons, the name is NASA (Nakula Sadewa), mechanization and technology, and later we will also share, God willing, our synergy will soon be with them", closed Amran.

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