A Parliamentarian delegation from Indonesia today met Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi and explored the potential for collaboration in agriculture sector.
Addressing the visiting delegation Singh has said that India and Indonesia are working together in Agriculture sector and both countries believe that there are enough possibilities to work together. He said that economy of India and Indonesia is largely based on Agriculture; therefore, given the progress made in Agricultural Education and Research, the bilateral relations between the two countries have bright future. H Ahmed Mujhani led the 15 member MPs delegation
Singh said the Agriculture and allied sectors in India has made tremendous progress by achieving record production of the food grains. It has not only ensured food security for 125 crore population in the country, but also provided food supply to other countries to fulfill the international commitments. During the discussions both the countries stressed on promotion of bilateral financial and political relations.
India and Indonesia already have a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of agriculture. The third meeting of the Joint Working Group of India and Indonesia was held last year. India and Indonesia have been jointly sharing views at international platforms such as the G20.
Agriculture in Indonesia is one of the key sectors of Indonesian economy. Although the share of agriculture sector contribution to the national gross domestic product has declined significantly in the last half century, today it still provides income for the majority of Indonesian households. In 2013, the agricultural sector contributed to 14.43 percent of national GDP, a slight decline compared to a decade earlier (2003) which reached 15.19 percent. In 2012, this sector provides jobs for around 49 million Indonesians, which represents 41 percent of the total labour force in the country.
Currently around 30 percent of Indonesian land area is used for agriculture purposes. Indonesian agriculture sector is overviewed and regulated by Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture.Currently Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil, cloves and cinnamon, the 2nd largest producer of nutmeg, natural rubber, cassava, vanilla and coconut oil. Indonesia is the 3rd largest producer of rice and cocoa, the 4th largest producer of coffee, the 5th largest tobacco producer and the 6th largest tea producer.