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My Opinion 01: Farmers still don’t reap what they sow


Even though some might claim that agricultural policy is on the farmers’ side, evidence reveals a different picture, as there has been no significant improvement in their welfare.

Agriculture development should aim to improve the farmers’ economic status, not just increase national food production. It is true that food security will be achieved if food supply exceeds demand, or if our domestic production (plus import) exceeds our consumption.

However, if there is no incentive and hence no motivation for farmers to continuously work on their food production system, then this could easily turn into a food insecurity condition. Indonesia will depend on imports to feed its people — a condition we should avoid, now and in the future.

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