Farmers in Indonesia are judged to be far behind their peers in comparable countries.
Agriculture minister Anton Apriyantono said in Jakarta on the 16th that Indonesian farmers were far behind their counterparts in countries like Vietnam and Thailand. New advances in farming technology were taking a long time to reach Indonesian farmers, he said. The world was changing, and foreign farmers adapted and changed with it, he went on, but Indonesian farmers tended to stand still.
Many farmers had not even caught up with technology and techniques that are now considered old or superseded.
The department responsible for developing and applying improved agriculture methods, the Badan Litbang Deptan, was overflowing with staff, he said, but little of what they produced ever reached the men on the land. The transmission of new and improved knowledge had to be done in new ways, he said. Researchers should go out to farms and get their hands dirty so as to learn the real situation for farmers, and enable them to interact better, and directly apply the things they knew.
The Department of Agriculture is currently engaged in efforts to increase national rice production by 2 million tons, and by doing so increase the earnings of farmers by one and a half times in the next three years. mediaindo