By Yudha, a GNFI contributor (Gosh, I really like this post. Thanks, man.) The wave of attention on food industry is increasing. World are getting more concerned about the future of food security. The reality of the most important factor (land) to produce it is increasingly limited because of massive use of land for housing and city development, on the other side the requirement for food continued to increase due to  population growth. China (as the biggest inhabitants of the world) has been developing strong and modern agriculture farming in Africa since its agricultural land was converted to the industry area. Japan and UEA invest billions of dollars to develop their agricultural technology or just to convert sea water to pure water.


How about Indonesia? Luckily, it has a lot of natural resources: land, the coast, and ocean. We currently succeeded for producing rice to supply 200+ millions of our people’s demand without importing it, and we even export it.

Where are we in agribusiness now?

Items

World Rank

Exporter

Value

(US$ 000)

% market share

Crude Palm Oil

1

6,561,330

73.01

Coffee

4

991,458

7.18

Chocolate

2

854,585

31.14

Clove

2

7,251

22.86

Tea

3

158,959

14.74

Pepper

1

183,365

46.06

Nutmeg

1

33,527

72.37

Cinnamon

1

35,799

69.53

Rice

14

865

0.01

Whim cassava

2

20,770

22.80

Peanuts

2

5,691

23.31

Curcuma

2

940

16.38

Ginger

2

4,221

16.85

Peanuts

2

5.691

23.31

Prawns

1

822,922

32.52

Tuna

2

139,676

12.66

*2008 data, taken from SWA Magazine

Now, it is the task of us to maintaining this nature wealth and making an effort to increase technology for better Indonesia.

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