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My Opinion 12: Farmers push off arable land

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Farmers have been pushed off the most desirable, fertile land to suboptimal, marginal land in Indonesia. This phenomenon is painfully obvious in areas around major cities.

If you visited Jakarta’s suburbs (20 to 25 kilometers from the city center) five to 10 years ago, you would have seen rice fields and plots of vegetables and fruit trees. Very little of that remains today. This has not only happened around Jakarta; changes in land use have happened around almost every big city in Indonesia, especially on Java.

If we let agricultural land continue to be converted for other uses, we should be prepared for grave consequences. So, please do not push our farmers off their arable land. Farmers need the land to feed us.

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