TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A new rice cultivation project was announced in Jakarta today to mark 42 years of agriculture cooperation between Indonesia and Taiwan, reported CNA.
Over 20,000 Indonesian farmers have been assisted through over 130 programs run by the Taiwan government over the last 42 years.
The Taiwan representative office in Indonesia and Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund put on a seminar and celebration in the Indonesia capital, which was attended by officials from both nations.
Taiwan’s representative to Indonesia, John C. Chen (陳忠), outlined a new agricultural promotion program that will take place in Karawang Regency, West Java. The program will see 1,000 hectares of rice paddy on display to demonstrate water conservation and cultivation techniques.
Chen said the program is the result of one year of consultation with the Indonesian government, and he hopes that the program can contribute to Indonesia’s goal of cereal self-sufficiency.
On the sidelines of the event, CNA spoke with Mesah Tarigan, head of the international cooperation department of Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture. Tarigan said that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has agreed to send an additional 300 Indonesian farmers to Taiwan on study trips.
Tarigan said that there are currently 30 Indonesian farmers studying in Taiwan, and another 40 will be sent soon. He added that the main area of cooperation was in cultivation of rice and vegetables, due to the similar climate between the two nations.